Benny Safdie

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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. Safdie is represented by Fort Gansevoort, New York. 


EDUCATION

2008

Boston University School of Communication

SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Benny Safdie: For all the Squares, Yoshii Gallery, New York, NY. February 23 - April 1, 2017      

2017

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.

2015

An evening with the Safdie Brothers, Jewish Museum, NY

2013

Better History, 7elevengallery, NY

2009

FILMOGRAPHY

Good Time, Writer and Director
Ezer Kenegdo, Actor

2017

Togetherness, Actor, TV Series
My Art, Actor

2016

This Summer Feeling, Actor

2015

Heaven Knows What, Director and Casting

2014

Lenny Cooke, Co-Director, and cinematography documentary film
Lydia Hoffman Lydia Hoffmani, Actor, Short Film
Hellaware, Actor
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Actor

2013



The Black Balloon, Co-writer and Co-director, Short Film

2012

Straight Hustle, Director, Documentary Short Film
Buttons, Director and Cinematography Documentary Film

2011

John’s Gone, Writer, Director, production and post-production, Short Film

2010

Go Get Some Rosemary, Writer, Actor, Director, Production and Post-production
Taking Woodstock, Actor
La Corsa, Actor, Short Film

2009


The Pleasures of Being Robbed, Writer, Actor, Director, production and post-production
Yeast, Actor
The Story of Charles Riverbank, Cinematography, Short Film

2008


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

2007





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

2006

The Adventures of Slater’s Friend, Writer and Director, Short Film

2005

Lethargy, Writer and Director, Short Film

2002

AWARDS

Awarded, ICS Cannes Award, Good Time (2017), International Cinephile Society Awards

2017

Nominated, John Cassavets Award, Heaven Knows What (2014), Film Independent Spirit Awards

2016

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                          

2015




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)          

2014






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

2012



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

2011


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

2010




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

2009



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

2008




Awarded, Best Young Filmmaker for Short Films, Lethargy (2002), New York International Independent Film & Video Festival

2002

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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.

2017






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.

2015









Foundas, Scott. “When Josh and Benny Safdie Met Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne,” Variety, October 8.

2014

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.

2013




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.

2010