Ben Foster (director)

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Ben Foster
Born 1984 (age 32–33)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Occupation Film director, film producer, editor, composer
Years active 2007–present

Ben Foster (born June 7, 1984) is an American director, editor, producer and composer. His début feature, Strings,[1] won him Best Director award at the Tulsa International Film Festival and Long Island International Film Expo (shared with collaborator Mark Dennis). Strings also made it to the Hollywood Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Gotham Screen Film Festival & Screenplay Contest, and Ventura Film Festival.[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Foster was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He moved to Texas to attend the Austin School of Film. He attributes his time there as being key in his development as a film maker.[4][5] He further pursued his education at The Maine Media Workshops, where he studied under actor Barry Primus.[6] He has said that his "student status" always helped when producing short films and was actually still a student at The University of Texas at Austin when production on Strings began.[7]

Foster directed, produced, and edited (along with Mark Dennis) the independent film, Strings, which won the 'Audience Awards' at the Breckenridge Film Festival, White Sands International Film Festival, and Silver City Film Festival.[6][8] Foster, an Austin-based music video director with an undergraduate degree in Radio/Television/Film, implemented his knowledge of music composition to aid in the writing process on the project.[9] He composed the music for "The Fisher Song", a piano ballad performed by Billy Harvey which interpolates lyrics from the Senses Fail song "Bloody Romance". He also composed "Settling In" a musical cue with Billy Harvey for Strings.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Strings (2011)[edit]

  • Breckenridge Festival of Film: Audience Award[6]
  • White Sands International Film Festival: Audience Award[9][10]
  • Route 66 International Film Festival: Best Thriller[11]
  • Long Island International Film Expo: Best Director (with Mark Dennis)[12]
  • Long Island International Film Expo: Nomination for Best Feature
  • Long Island International Film Expo: Nomination for Best First Feature [13]
  • Tulsa International Film Festival: Nomination for Best Feature[14]
  • Tulsa International Film Festival: Best Director (with Mark Dennis)[14]


  1. ^ "Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Strings". Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "RTF Alums Debut Thriller at Austin Film Festival | The Alcalde". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ "Ben Foster's STRINGS to screen at Breckenridge Festival of Film - Austin School of Film". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ Kate Weidaw. "No budget no problem for Austin movie". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  6. ^ a b c "If It's Tuesday Must Breckenridge Film Alum Finds Fest Success". Maine Media. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Watch STRINGS on Christmas Weekend". Persistence of Vision. 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  8. ^ "The Silver City Film Festival". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  9. ^ a b "White Sands Film Festival winners announced - Las Cruces Sun-News". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to the WSIFF Site". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  11. ^ Mackey, Brian (14 September 2011). "Route 66 Film Festival this weekend". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "'Strings' to Debut at Bellmore Movies on Sunday - Bellmore, NY Patch". 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  13. ^ "New York film festival Best Director award goes to San Antonio-Austin filmmakers". Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  14. ^ a b Smith, Michael (26 September 2011). "Tulsa International Film Festival winners announced". Tulsa World. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 

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