Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Emil Benjamin received his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and MFA in Film from Columbia University, where he also taught undergraduate screenwriting as part of a highly-selective fellowship. His work is satirical, polemical, darkly comedic, and often in pursuit of social justice.
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 feature documentary, Oyate, was recently featured in DOC NYC's "Only In New York" program.
Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media, an international production company and artist collective.