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, premiered in competition at Big Sky and is currently running the festival circuit. The film features prominent Indigenous activists and politicians, including Secretary Deb Haaland. His short films WHITE PEOPLE, WE CAN DO IT, and THE BREAKDOWN PARABLES have screened and earned prizes at dozens of festivals around the world. Emil attended the Cine Qua Non Revision Lab with his feature, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH, and won the Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition with his pilot, HOPELESS. Both scripts are Reader Recommended on The Black List. He is serving as co-writer on "The Untitled Sam Project," an upcoming documentary directed by Nadav Kurtz and produced by Oscar-nominated producer Diane Quon.
Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media.