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Benjamin Wu

Benjamin Wu

Documentary Film and Video

About

Ben has spent his post-college years bouncing around from the Bay Area to New York to Los Angeles, where until recently he was considered a rising star in the exciting and rewarding field of Reality TV production. Working primarily in the areas of camera, sound, and lighting, he has also at times been a busboy, furniture mover, and nightclub doorman.  He has directed and shot several short documentaries on various individuals, institutions, and subcultures in California, and is at work on the longer form doc Hardwood Knocks, about semipro basketball players in the twilight of their careers. Ben studied Media and Film/Video Production at University of California, San Diego (warm), as well as attending the FAMU Film School in Prague (cold).  He likes hot pot cooking and has a sweet midrange jumper.   Ben is originally from San Francisco.

Cross Your Eyes and Keep Them Wide

digital video

JUNE, 2006
VIDEO DURATION: 22:35 MIN.

This film is a portrait of the artists with developmental disabilities that work at Creativity Explored, a non-profit art center in San Francisco.  Through their own words, the artists discuss their methods and work, as well as the difficulties they face outside, and the strength of the community they've formed among themselves and the staff within the studio walls.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Gold Award, Student Academy Award, 2007
Best Documentary Short, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, 2007
Director's Award, Hearts and Minds Film Festival, 2007
Best Documentary, First Look Doc Film Festival, 2007
Jury Award, Best Short Documentary, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2007
Director's Award, True/False Film Festival, 2007
Durango Film Festival, 2007
Sarasota International Film Festival, 2007
Ivy Film Festival, 2007
Iowa City Documentary Film Festival, 2007
Telluride Film Festival, 2006
Hot Springs Doc Film Festival, 2007
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival, 2007
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2007

Rock Cod Memories

16mm color film

JUNE, 2005
VIDEO DURATION: 9:24 MIN.

A quirky personal film following the filmmaker's exploration of his relationship with his grandmother, and attempts to create memories for a grandfather he never knew.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Cinequest Film Festival, 2006
RiverRun International Film Festival, 2006
Tartan Road Film Festival, 2006
Calgary ImaginASIAN Film Festival, 2006

Unhitched

digital video

Co-directed by Erin Hudson
MARCH, 2005
VIDEO DURATION: 12:05 MIN.

Unhitched is a portrait of a community that has transformed travel trailers into permanent homes. Tucked away in a redwood grove in Northern California, Faerie Ring Campground and RV Park serves as one of the only options for low income housing in the area. Through the residents' experiences, this film illustrates the value of having a place to call home while expanding our notions of community.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Silver Medal, Student Academy Awards, 2005
Best Documentary, Angelus Awards Student Film Festival, 2005
Second Place, Best Student Documentary Short, Palm Springs International Festival for Short Films, 2005
Honorable Mention, Marin County National Festival of Short Film, 2005
Telluride Film Festival, 2005
Mill Valley Film Festival, 2005
Next Reel Film Festival, 2005
Real to Reel Film Festival, 2005
Bumbershoot, The Seattle Arts Festival, 2005
Oakland International Film Festival, 2005
Ojai Film Festival, 2005
Salem Film Festival, 2006
Hearts and Minds Film Festival, 2006
Rooftop Film Festival, 2006
Backalley Film Festival, 2006
Rural Route Film Festival, 2006
The Waterfront Film Festival, 2006

Low Art

16mm black and white film

DECEMBER, 2004
VIDEO DURATION: 3:40 MIN.

Low Art is a portrait of Bobby Laguna, a 19-year old artist from west San Jose. The film examines his thoughts and motivations in working with his chosen medium: the lowrider bicycle.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

The Bicycle Film Festival, 2006