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 revitalized push for Indigenous sovereignty in the wake of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, 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 domestically and internationally. Both his pilot, HOPELESS, and his autobiographical feature, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH, are currently trending on the Black List's top list and have been shortlisted for a number of screenwriting competitions. The latter received Faculty Honors from Columbia University.
Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media.