Emil Benjamin is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor based out of New York City. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he received his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and MFA in Film Directing & Screenwriting from Columbia University, where he also taught undergraduate screenwriting as part of a highly-selective fellowship.
Emil's feature documentary, OYATE, about the Indigenous rights effort that emerged in the wake of the Dakota Access Pipeline struggle, was recently featured in DOC NYC's "Only In New York" program and is set to premiere in 2021. Emil’s short films WHITE PEOPLE and WE CAN DO IT have screened and earned prizes at over a dozen festivals around the world, including Bushwick, Glasgow, Sunscreen, and Oaxaca. His pilot, HOPELESS, has been shortlisted by a number of screenwriting competitions, including Flickers’ RIIFF and the Shore Scripts Pilot Contest. His autobiographical feature script, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH received Faculty Honors at the Columbia University Film Festival and is currently trending on The Black List thanks to its high ratings.
Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media, an international production company and artist collective based out of NYC, whose members had the rare honor of winning Best Short at the Venice Film Festival two years in a row.
www.irrelevant.media/emil
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    Hopeless
    Student, Television Script
    It Would Have Been Enough
    Screenplay
    The Breakdown Parables2020
    Short
    We Can Do It2018
    Short, Student
    White People2016
    Short, Student
  • Director (4 Credits)
    Oyate2020
    Documentary
    The Breakdown Parables2020
    Short
    We Can Do It2018
    Short, Student
    White People2016
    Short, Student
  • Producer (3 Credits)
    Oyate2020
    Documentary
    We Can Do It2018
    Short, Student
    White People2016
    Short, Student
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    The Breakdown Parables2020
    Short
Faculty Honors
It Would Have Been Enough
Columbia University Film Festival 2020
New York, NY
2020
Official Selection
White People
Sunscreen Film Festival
St. Petersburg, Florida
2016
Special Mention
White People
One Reeler Short Film Competition
College
Boston University
BFA Theatre Arts
20082012
College
Columbia University
MFA Film Directing & Screenwriting
20152020
Birth Date
March 3, 1990
Nickname
Ben
Current City
New York, New York
Hometown
Cleveland, Ohio
Height
5'8"
Gender
Male
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Pisces
“I don't believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. If there's one thing that's dangerous for an artist, it's precisely this question of total freedom, waiting for inspiration and all the rest of it.” -Federico Fellini
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