Sir Benj & The Last Conversion

Driven by vengeance, a young knight sets out on a journey into the enemy Pagan lands in search of a lost little girl from his village. But his lust for revenge leads him to something he never expected.

'Benj' tells an ageless and oh-so current story - that so often we live our lives dictated by the fears we pick up along the way. But at the end of it all, what will remain of our humanity?

  • Ethan Kirschbaum
    Director
  • Ethan Kirschbaum
    Writer
  • Ethan Kirschbaum
    Key Cast
    "Sir Benj"
  • Sammy Kirschbaum
    Key Cast
    "Samuel"
  • Kelsey Claire
    Key Cast
    "The Pagan"
  • Ella Diedrick
    Key Cast
    "Hermann Girl"
  • Jacob Marker
    Key Cast
    "Slavic Peasant"
  • Marv Pitts
    Key Cast
    "Pagan Barbarian"
  • Jace Pitts
    Key Cast
    "Pagan Boy"
  • Ethan Kirschbaum
    Composer
  • Ethan Kirschbaum
    Editor
  • Robert Upchurch
    Director of Photography
  • Ethan Kirschbaum
    Producer
  • Lisa Kirschbaum
    Producer
  • Ethan Kirschbaum
    Sound Design
  • Ethan Kirschbaum
    Costume Design
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Action, Adventure, Historical Fiction
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ethan Kirschbaum


Ethan is from the remote village of Prescott, AZ. He has been a lover of genre film since his earliest days. He is passionate about transporting audiences to times and lands they don't often get to explore all while telling stories that resonate with us on a cellularly human level. His greatest influences on genre film range from the works of Spielberg to Eggers.

As an indie filmmaker with access only to micro-budgets, Ethan's aim is to tell the kinds of stories he loves in a manner that still gives them the size and scope they need to be most effective. While some may see a limited budget as a boundary, Ethan sees it as an exciting opportunity to really explore his imagination and find creative and cinematic ways of expressing his style.

Please enjoy 'Sir Benj & the Last Conversion', the passion project Ethan has been tirelessly working on for the last two years!

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Director Statement

"Make movies, not meetings."

-Mark Duplass