Benh Zeitlin

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Born in New York City and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and then Westchester County, Benh Zeitlin began his career as a film-maker at the tender age of 6 years when he and a friend made a Batman movie. He continued making films as a child before attending Wesleyan University, where he majored in film. After graduation, Benh spent a summer in Prague ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 59 wins & 48 nominations. See more awards »


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Glory at Sea Director
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He served as my bouncer. [But] when it became clear that we were going to have this opportunity to make whatever we wanted, we were like, 'O.K., we got to make the craziest one now, because who knows if they'll ever let us back in. See more »


Is at least the sixth successful filmmaker to graduate from Wesleyan University, following in the footsteps of Michael Bay, Joss Whedon, Ruben Fleischer, Akiva Goldsman and Paul Weitz, as well as of Game of Thrones (2011) and Mad Men (2007) creators, respectively, of D.B. Weiss and Matthew Weiner; and Broadway wunderkind Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of "Hamilton.". See more »



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