Benjamin Odell (producer)

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Benjamin Odell
Born1969 (age 52–53)

Benjamin Odell (born 1969) is an American writer, director and producer of independent films.

Early life and education[edit]

Odell was born in 1969.[1] He grew up in Pennsylvania, where, aged six, he became friends with a child from Colombia who was living with neighbours but more or less "adopted" by his own father, and the two families became friends. Odell loved the way the family interacted and expressed "warmth and lust for life [he] hadn't really experienced in suburban white America", and developed a love of Latino / Latin American culture. He visited Colombia when he was 15.[2]

In 1992, a year after finishing college, took up a job offer in commercial production in Colombia, and went there to learn Spanish. He lived there until 2000, working as a freelance journalist and then as a Spanish language television writer and screenwriter.[2]

On his return from Columbia he went to film school at Columbia University.[2]



In Colombia (1992–2000), Odell created over 300 hours of Spanish-language narrative for television, including Fuego Verde, an action series which became one of the highest-rated series on Colombian television.[2]

He also co-wrote a feature film called Golpe de estadio (Time Out), a political satire[2] which was nominated for the Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film[3] in 1999, was Colombia's Academy Awards entry in 2000 and remains one of the highest-grossing Colombian films of all time.[2]

United States[edit]

In his second year of film school in 2005, Odell produced the feature film Confess as a thesis project, starring Ali Larter and Melissa Leo, on a low budget. The storyline follows a disgruntled computer hacker, recently out of prison, who seeks to take revenge on those who helped to get him there, and later turns political.[2][4]

In 2006, Odell joined Panamax Films, which was founded by James M. McNamara, former CEO and president of the Spanish-language television network, Telemundo Communications.[5][2]

The Spanish-language thriller, Sangre de mi sangre, also titled Padre Nuestro and directed[6] by fellow Columbia Film School MFA Christopher Zalla, tells the story of a pair of Mexican immigrants in New York. In May, 2008, the film was released by IFC Films, after which it received two Independent Spirit Awards nominations, for Best First Feature (for which Odell was nominated) and Best Screenplay.[7]

In 2007, continuing his work with Panamax Films, Odell produced Ladron Que Roba a Ladron, which was released in the United States by Lionsgate. The New York Times called the Spanish-language heist movie an "effervescent comedy".[8]

He co-wrote Sin Memoria with Sebastián Borensztein (2011).[9]

Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell were executive producers on behalf of 3Pas Studios of the 2021 television series Acapulco, which stars Derbez.[10]

Current role[edit]

Odell is a partner of 3pas Studios with Mexican comedian and director Eugenio Derbez.[11][10]



  1. ^ "Odell, Benjamin, 1969- (Person)". Billerica Public Library. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Levine, Sydney (September 29, 2016). "LatinoBuzz: Duo Ben Odell and Eugenio Derbez of 3Pas Studios". Medium. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  3. ^ "Goya Awards: 1999". IMDb. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  4. ^ Gluckman, M (Spring 2004). "Mary Glucksman profiles six new independently-financed features". Archived from the original on 6 March 2012.
  5. ^ "About". Panamax Films. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen (May 16, 2008). "A Teenager's Betrayal in Brooklyn".
  7. ^ Saito, Stephen (12 February 2008). "The 2009 Spirit Award Nominations". Archived from the original on 11 June 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010.]
  8. ^ Schemes in Spanish: Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón Film review by Jeannette Catsoulis (30 August 2007)
  9. ^ "Sebastian Borensztein (Bio)". Palermo Films. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Apple TV+ expands international slate with bilingual comedy series "Acapulco"". Apple TV+ Press (Australia). December 2, 2020. Retrieved January 22, 2022.
  11. ^ Benjamin Odell at IMDb

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