Photo by Mao Sakurada Reich

Photo by Mao Sakurada Reich

Benjamin Michel is an artist specializing in film direction, cinematography, and photography. He was born in Irvington, New Jersey by Haitian parents with an attraction to the arts early on. Benjamin's portfolio includes a diverse body of work including narrative and documentary short and feature films, music videos, and digital media. He studied film at the University of Central Florida where he received his Bachelor's of Arts in Film. His first documentary short, A Samaritan gave him his first film festival appearance as a director and cinematographer at the 2010 Global Peace Film Festival. Then in 2012, his next directorial film, A History Forgotten premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival. In the San Francisco Bay Area he worked on Yosemite a feature film based off James Franco's Palo Alto Stories, as camera operator doing Behind the Scenes. He also has produced thought provoking short documentaries for PBS affiliate KQED. His photography work has been exhibited in Oakland's Impact Hub and San Francisco's Space 236 in 2016. Currently he is completing production on two short films and is in the early stages of developing for a narrative feature.