Mark Benjamin

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Mark Benjamin (born 1947) is an American documentary filmmaker. He is best known for the Sundance TV series Brick City[1] and the feature film Slam,[2] both of which were shot in his signature Cinema Verité style.

Career[edit]

Director/producer[edit]

Benjamin began his career as a combat cameraman in the 1973 War in the Sinai Desert for NBC.[3] He has worked throughout his career as a director/cameraman and his work in this area has produced such films as The Last Party,[4] a 1993 political documentary starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop,[5] an adaptation of Danny Hoch's highly praised one-man play.[6] In addition, he is an executive producer with Forest Whitaker and Marc Levin of the Sundance Channel series Brick City.

One of his first films, the Jerusalem Peace (1977) was included in a new directors series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.[7]

Television[edit]

Benjamin was the director of photography for numerous television documentaries including HBO’s Protocols of Zion, Prisoners of the War on Drugs,[8] Gang War: Bangin' in Little Rock,[9] Thug Life in D.C.,[10] and Soldiers in the Army of God,[11] and Discovery Channel’s CIA: America’s Secret Warriors.[12]

Awards[edit]

Benjamin’s work has won numerous awards, most notably for Slam, which won both the Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or and the Grand Jury prize at Sundance in 1998, the Sundance TV series Brick City, which won the 2010 Peabody Award,[13] received a 2010 EMMY nomination for Exceptional Merit in Non-Fiction Filmmaking,[14] the Cine Golden Eagle Award,[15] FACTUAL Entertainment Award,[16] and an NAACP Image Award Nomination.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Filmography (as director)[edit]

  • Cold Frame (1975)
  • Jerusalem Peace (1977)
  • Bill Moyers Journal - Women Inside (1980)
  • Creativity with Bill Moyers - Performing Arts High School(1982)
  • Portrait of America - Puerto Rico (1983)
  • The Last Party (1993)
  • Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (2000)
  • Going Home (2003)
  • Why We Fight Now (2009)
  • Brick City Season 1 (2009)
  • Brick City Season 2 (2010)
  • Second Coming?: Will Black America Decide the 2012 Election (2012)
  • Jersey Strong (2013)
  • Chicagoland (2014)

Filmography (as director of photography)[edit]

  • Cold Frame (1975)
  • Jerusalem Peace (1977)
  • The New Immigrants Series (1980)
  • Bill Moyers Journal - Women Inside (1980)
  • American Zealot (1982)
  • Creativity with Bill Moyers - Performing Arts High School(1982)
  • Wall Street Connection (1985)
  • Frontline - Inside The Jury (1986)
  • National Geographic The Atocha (1987)
  • Drug Free Kid (1989)
  • Badlands (1989)
  • Takeover (1990)
  • Damned In The USA (1992)
  • The Last Party (1993)
  • Gang War (1994)
  • A Time Of AIDS (1994)
  • Talking Sex (1995)
  • Egg The Arts Show/City Arts (1997–2001)
  • America's Secret Government - CIA (1998)
  • Slam (1998)
  • Thug Life In DC (1997)
  • Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (2000)
  • Brooklyn Babylon (2001)
  • The Blues (2003)
  • Going Home (2003)
  • Hooked (2004)
  • Protocols of Zion (2005)
  • Chicagoland (2014)

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