Emil was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and earned his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, studied Physical Theatre at L'Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and currently resides in New York City, where he's built an eclectic career as an interdisciplinary artist, advocate, and entrepreneur.  After spending a few years writing & directing for the stage and acting in regional plays and on national television, Emil made his first foray into filmmaking with "Derailing," a short film that led to him to more work as a director and/or cinematographer on a number of short films and other video projects.  Eventually, he found his way to Columbia University, where he pursued an MFA in Film and taught undergraduate screenwriting.


His films "White People" and "We Can Do It" have screened at a dozen film festivals around the world, taking home prizes and nominations, as well as distribution on platforms like Indyoh.  He's currently in post-production on a documentary feature film about the Lakota Nation, featured in DOC NYC's "Only In New York" program, on which he's served as co-director, co-producer, cinematographer, and editor.


Emil Benjamin is the founder of Irrelevant Media.


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