Benny Safdie was born in 1986 and raised in both Queens and Manhattan in New York. Together with his brother Joshua, he produces and writes films that have premiered at renowned international film festivals including Cannes, Venice, New York Film Festival and Sundance, and exhibited at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His films include Heaven Knows What (2014), Lenny Cooke (2013), and Daddy Longlegs (2010). The Safdie brothers have diverse practices that extend beyond time-based media, his film ‘Good Time’, had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Safdie co-founded Mmuseumm with Joshua Safdie and Alex Kalman, a modern natural history museum situated in an elevator shaft in Cortlandt Alley that showcases contemporary artifacts. In 2015, Pieces of Advice x From a Pedestrian Point of View, a two-part exhibition held at Fort Gansevoort Gallery featured large scale cutouts by Josh Safdie and photographs by Benny Safdie. Earlier this year, For All the Squares, the first major comprehensive exhibition of photographs by independent filmmaker Benny Safdie was featured at Yoshii Gallery.
2008 Boston University School of Communication
SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Benny Safdie: For all the Squares, Yoshii Gallery, New York, NY. February 23 - April 1, 2017 2015 Pieces of Advice x From a Pedestrian Point of View, Josh and Benny Safdie. Fort Gansevoort Gallery, New York, NY. September 2 - October 11, 2015. 2013 An evening with the Safdie Brothers, Jewish Museum, NY 2009 Better History, 7elevengallery, NY
2017 Good Time, Writer and Director Ezer Kenegdo, Actor 2016 Togetherness, Actor, TV Series My Art, Actor 2015 This Summer Feeling, Actor 2014 Heaven Knows What, Director and Casting 2013 Lenny Cooke, Co-Director, and cinematography documentary film Lydia Hoffman Lydia Hoffmani, Actor, Short Film Hellaware, Actor Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Actor 2012 The Black Balloon, Co-writer and Co-director, Short Film 2011 Straight Hustle, Director, Documentary Short Film Buttons, Director and Cinematography Documentary Film 2010 John’s Gone, Writer, Director, production and post-production, Short Film 2009 Go Get Some Rosemary, Writer, Actor, Director, Production and Post-production Taking Woodstock, Actor La Corsa, Actor, Short Film 2008 The Pleasures of Being Robbed, Writer, Actor, Director, production and post-production Yeast, Actor The Story of Charles Riverbank, Cinematography, Short Film 2007 Jerry Ruis, Shall We Do This?, Director, Short Film The Back of Her Head, Writer, Actor, Director, Production and post-production, Short Film Tight Shots, Actor, TV Series The Bathroom Tour, Cinematography, Video Documentary Little White Flowers, Art Director, Short Film Puberty: The Movie, Art Director 2006 If you see something, say something, Writer, Director and Cinematography, Short Film We’re going to the Zoo, Writer, Actor, Production and Post-production, Short Film 2005 The Adventures of Slater’s Friend, Writer and Director, Short Film 2002 Lethargy, Writer and Director, Short Film
2017 Awarded, ICS Cannes Award, Good Time (2017), International Cinephile Society Awards 2016 Nominated, John Cassavets Award, Heaven Knows What (2014), Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 Nominated, Grand Prix, Heaven Knows What (2014), T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland Nominated, Narrative Feature Competition, Heaven Knows What (2014), Montclair Film Festival (MFF) Nominated, Gotham Independent Film Award and Audience Award, Heaven Knows What (2014), Gotham Awards 2014 Awarded, C.I.C.A.E. Award, Heaven Knows What (2014), Venice Film Festival Awarded, Tap Revelation Award, Heaven Knows What (2014), Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival Awarded, Tokyo Grand Prix, Heaven Knows What (2014), Tokyo International Film Festival Awarded, Best Director, Heaven Knows What (2014), Tokyo International Film Festival Nominated, Bronze Horse for Best Film, Heaven Knows What (2014), Stockholm Film Festival Nominated, Black Reel in Outstanding Documentary, Lenny Cooke (2013), Black Reel Awards Nominated, Audience Award for American Independents, Heaven Knows What (2014) 2012 Awarded, Short Film Jury Prize, The Black Balloon (2012), Sundance Film Festival Awarded, SXSW Wolphin Award, The Black Balloon (2012), SXSW Film Festival Nominated, SXSW Grand Jury Award for Narrative Short, The Black Balloon (2012) Nominated, Aluminum Horse for Best Short Film, The Black Balloon (2012), Stockholm Film Festival 2011 Nominated, SXSW Grand Jury Award for Narrative Short, John’s Gone (2010), SXSW Film Festival Awarded, John Cassavetes Award, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009), Film International Spirit Awards Nominated, Heterodox Award, Heaven Knows What (2014), Cinema Eye Honors Award 2010 Awarded, Grand Prize City of Lisbon, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009), IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival Nominated, Venice Horizons Award, Best Film, Heaven Knows What (2014), Venice Film Festival Nominated, Best Film, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009), Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema 2009 Awarded, FIPRESCI Prize, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009), Ljubljana International Film Festival Awarded, Best First Film (Mejor Opera Prima), The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008), Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival Nominated, Grand Prix for Best Film, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009), Entrevues Film Festival 2008 Awarded, Jury Prize for Independent Visions Competition and Independent Visions, The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008), Sarasota Film Festival Nominated, Filmmaker Award, Best Narrative Feature, The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008), Los Angeles Film Festival Nominated, Golden Camera Award, The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008), Cannes Film Festival 2002 Awarded, Best Young Filmmaker for Short Films, Lethargy (2002), New York International Independent Film & Video Festival
2017 Zeitchik, Steven. “Cannes 2017: ‘Good Time’ shakes up a modern festival by returning to the 1970s,” Los Angeles Times, May 26. Pavan, Benoit. “Josh and Benny Safdie in the Darkness of New York,” Festival De Cannes, May 25. Kohn, Eric. “Cannes: Before ‘Good Time’, the Safdie Brothers’ ‘Daddy Longlegs’ Reinvented the New York Movie,” IndieWire, May 11. Viveros-Fauné, Christian.“‘Activism’ Is the Hot New Art Trend at NADA New York 2017,” Artnet news, March 3. 2015 Schmidt, Benjamin. “Private Reception Opens Safdie Brothers Two-Part Exhibition, ‘Pieces Of Advice X From A Pedestrian Point Of View,” The Knockturnal, September 10. Lehrer, Adam. “The Safdie Brothers Open a New Exhibition, ‘Pieces of Advice x From a Pedestrian Point of View,” Forbes, September 9. Harris, Brandon. “The Safdie Brothers’ ‘Heaven Knows What’ Is the Most Powerful Movie About the Life of Addicts in a Long, Long Time,” Vice, June 3. Chang, Kee. “Q&A with the Safdie Brothers,” Anthem Magazine, May 22. Larocca, Amy. “The Star on the Sidewalk: How Arielle Holmes Went From Homeless Addict to Hollywood Actress,” Vulture, May 18. 2014 Foundas, Scott. “When Josh and Benny Safdie Met Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne,” Variety, October 8. 2013 Elliot, Nicholas. “John and Benny Safdie,” Bomb Magazine, December 12. Semuels, Alana. “Tiny Museum in New York showcases the ordinary,” Los Angeles Time, December 5. Robbins, Liz. “Museum, All 60 Square Feet of It, Celebrate the Eccentric,” The New York Time, August 9. Kemmerle, Karen. “‘Lenny Cooke’ Directors Josh and Benny Safdie explore what happened to the American Dream,” Tribeca Film, April 15. 2010 Lim, Dennis. “Growing up with Dad, Distilled with Bite,” The New York Times, May 13. Macaulay, Scott. “‘Daddy Longlegs’ Josh and Benny Safdie,” Filmmaker Magazine, January 28.