Join the HV Filmmakers group for a special free screening of three cinematic shorts by local directors Charlotte Benbeniste, Ben Bigelow and Mickey Duzyj. The films traverse the diverse landscapes of Olympic figure skating, teen summer camps and sci-fi westerns.
Charlotte Benbeniste is a writer and director from Los Angeles. She received her BA in Written Arts from Bard College, and her MFA in Directing from Columbia University. Her latest film, Bye Bye Body, played at film festivals nationwide and received the Vimeo Staff Pick Award at the 2020 Aspen Shortsfest. She divides her time between New York City and Hudson, NY.
Ben Bigelow is a director, screenwriter, video editor and visual artist living in the Catskill mountains. His screenplay The Desert was a 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowship Semifinalist. The script is based on a short film he directed of the same name, which played numerous festivals around the world. He recently wrote and directed a feature horror/period film titled Thine Ears Shall Bleed, which will be released in 2024.
Mickey Duzyj is an artist and director known for his refreshingly offbeat approach to documentaries, all of which feature his distinctive animation. He is the creator/director of the Netflix documentary series Losers—celebrating hidden victories within the sports world’s most epic failures—earning him multiple Emmy nominations. Duzyj’s documentary short “The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere” (2016) tells the curiously inspiring story of a Japanese racehorse. The Emmy-nominated short “The Perfect 18” (2015) is about an IT manager who scores 18 consecutive hole-in-ones in a Putt-Putt golf tournament. Duzyj has contributed illustration and animation work to documentaries including You Don’t Know Bo (about Bo Jackson) and OJ: Made in America. He also remains an in-demand illustrator, with clients including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.