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 forthcoming feature documentary, OYATE, was featured in DOC NYC's "Only In New York" program as a work in progress and features prominent Indigenous activists and politicians, including Secretary Deb Haaland. His short films WHITE PEOPLE and WE CAN DO IT have screened and earned prizes at over a dozen festivals domestically and internationally. 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.
Emil is the founder of Irrelevant Media.