Ben Stamper is a visual artist and filmmaker based in the New York City area who specializes in documentary and contemplative film. Ben’s guiding principle as a filmmaker is to tell singular stories from around the world with cultural sensitivity and artistic integrity. With a background in fine art and music, Ben’s intuitive approach to imagery and sound has led him to a broad range of human interests; from the forgotten communities of Haiti to the icy summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
In recent years, Ben has been commissioned to create numerous short films, video installations and projections by Center for Faith & Work and All Angels’ Church (NYC). Ben has also been the recipient of the Lincoln City Fellowship and has been the artist-in-residence at Center for Faith & Work and is currently the artist-in-residence at Grace Farms Foundation. He has received numerous awards for his documentary work about survivors of sex-trafficking in India, as well as his films about young people on the autism spectrum.
Ben also works in close collaboration with cinematographer Andrew Ellis to create films that explore the dance-on-film genre. Past works have featured the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Company, Gallim Dance, New Chamber Ballet, Bill T. Jones, Ernest Felton Baker, and Matthew Rushing of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Ben is also a regular contributor to the Brooklyn-based filmmaking collective Nomadique, as well as a frequent collaborator with Mason Jar Music, a pioneering audio/visual production company and creative collective. His more recent foray into narrative film has resulted in two short films in the festival circuit, one of which will be premiering at the Cannes Court Métrage in May 2016. Currently, Ben is in pre-production for a feature film he will be writing/directing that is based on a story by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. Ben lives in Jersey City with his wife Vesper and their two children.