Emil Benjamin is a writer, director, producer, cinematographer, and editor based out of New York City. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he received a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and MFA in Film Directing & Screenwriting from Columbia University, where he currently serves as adjunct faculty.
Emil's feature documentary, OYATE, premiered in competition at Big Sky and is currently running the festival circuit. 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.
Currently, Emil is developing a feature-length satire entitled MAN EATS AMERICA, co-directing a documentary about the Newark Water Coalition, producing various projects for RandomGood Films (MAKE PEOPLE BETTER, OF MEDICINE AND MIRACLES), and serving as co-writer on "The Untitled Sam Project," an upcoming documentary from director Nadav Kurtz (PARAÍSO) and Oscar-nominated producer Diane Quon (MINDING THE GAP, WUHAN WUHAN).
Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media.