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Benjamin Pollack is an award-winning director/screenwriter/editor with an MFA in Filmmaking from the American Film Institute.

As a feature film director, Pollack won Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Television Festival (ITV Fest) for his directorial debut, the independent comedy/horror feature Dark Room Theater. The film also won Best Comedy Feature at the First Glance Film Festival in Philadelphia, and was nominated for Best Narrative Feature and Best Horror feature at the Rome International Film Festival and Shockerfest, respectively.

Pollack has directed, shot and edited over 60 music videos and has worked with musical artists such as Garry Beers and Ciaran Gribbin (INXS) Mike Krompass (Smash Mouth) Daniel Ash (Bauhaus / Love and Rockets) Matt Zarley and many others.

A member of the WGA, Pollack's feature screenplay, Dead After Tomorrow took the Best Horror Feature Screenplay Award at Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/Sci-Fi Film and Screenplay Festival, and Best Screenplay at the prestigious Eerie Horror Film Festival. His comedy screenplay Blue Suit Assassins was a finalist in the Slamdance Film Festival and the Beverly Hills Film Festival. His screenplay Welcome to Chinatown was a finalist at the SoCal Independent Film Festival, the Great Lakes International Film Festival, the Eerie Horror Film Festival, and took 2nd place at the Golden Brad Awards.

In addition to writing and directing, Pollack is an accomplished film producer. He has produced films at AFI with actress Amanda Seyfried (Letters to Juliet, Mamma Mia, Alpha Dog) and at Film & Music Entertainment with veteran producer, John Daly (The Terminator, Platoon, The Last Emperor). Pollack also produced the multi-award-winning feature, The Garage, and was the sole producer of his original feature film, Dark Room Theater.

As an editor, Pollack has been nominated for two ACE Eddie Awards. He edited the feature film Played, starring Val Kilmer and Gabriel Byrne, and he also edited the aforementioned feature The Garage, which screened in over 80 festivals and received over 50 awards and nominations.

While at AFI, Pollack held a seat on the Fellows Advisory Council for two years, and served on AFI's Curriculum Review Committee. He was awarded two prestigious production grants for each of his thesis films, the FotoKem Award and the Fuji Filmmakers Award, and was nominated by AFI's Faculty for class valedictorian.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Benjamin Pollack

Trivia (22)

MFA from American Film Institute.
Winner, "Best Director" 2009 Los Angeles Independent Television Festival.
Winner "Best Screenplay 2011" at Eerie Horror Film Festival for the original screenplay, Dead After Tomorrow.
Taught television commercial acting at Weist-Barron in NYC.
Acted in a comedy skit for the Writers Guild Awards show with Pat Morita.
Favorite television shows include Seinfeld, Family Guy, South Park, The Simpsons, Hell's Kitchen, Breaking Bad, and anything about UFOs.
Used to own a gym in Manhattan Beach called The Personal Training Center.
Once got rear-ended on the 405 by Hayley Hasselhoff, the daughter of David Hasselhoff.
Was a member of a comedy troupe called Loose Change in Philadelphia and NYC.
Once worked for a singing telegram company.
Broke his back, was paralyzed from the waist down, and was told by doctors that he'd never walk again. He learned to walk again.
Was close friends with Zalman King and Ian Copeland. Is friends with and works with William Goodrum, composer for "There's Something About Mary," "Stuck On You," "Me Myself and Irene," and "Heartbreak Kid.".
Is the voice of the Disney Diamond Collection DVD promo.
Was taught by Cheryl Hines at The Groundlings.
In 6th grade, he won a public speaking contest, played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and got a standing ovation for his role as Harold Hill in The Music Man. It was a big year.
Is a Universal Life minister, and officiates weddings.
Published a book called "Filmmaking: From Script through Distribution" in 2010, based on his experience writing, directing and editing his first feature film, Dark Room Theater (2009). He also wrote some of the music for the film, including the theme song.
Is an accomplished cook.
Loves dogs, and has rescued many of them.
Both of his parents were opera singers.
Is a member of the WGA.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, and is a graduate of Temple University with a B.A. in Theatre. He played the lead in "Scapino" there.

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