Coccio attended the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1997 with a BFA Film/Animation/Video.
Coccio's first directorial effort was the short film 5:45am, released in 2000 by IFC. His next project was Zero Day, a fictionalized account of two high-school teens who plan and then execute a violent attack on their peers inside their high school. The film was admittedly a study of the Columbine High School massacre, and the two characters bear much resemblance to the perpetrators Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
In 2005 he was awarded a Connecticut State Commission on Culture and Tourism Artist Fellowship Award in the category of Film and Video.
- 5:45 AM (2000)
- Zero Day (2003)
- The Beginner on IMDb (2010)
- The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) (writer, story by)
- "The Zero Day Diaries" Coccio's article on the making of Zero Day in Moviemaker Magazine Issue #51 (Summer 2003)
- "Interview with Ben Coccio" An interview with Coccio on BigSPEEGS Movie Review
- Ben Coccio on IMDb
- Professor Bright Films
- Trailer for The Beginner[permanent dead link]
- July 2012 Interview with Coccio - The Oculus Online