C.V.

Ben Stamper
Cinematographer, Editor, Director
benstamperpictures@gmail.com 973-954-1045

Ben Stamper is an award-winning filmmaker based in the New York City area. Ben’s major interest 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 exploring remote villages in the Amazon to the complexities of human trafficking across India.  Ben’s primary work is in documentary, narrative and art-on-film.

AWARDS
• Artist in Residence, NYC: Center for Faith and Work , 2015
• The Las Vegas International Film Festival: Wild Ace Award for Superior and Standout    Filmmaking, 2013
• The Accolade Competition: Award of Merit for Feature Documentary, 2012
• The Artivist Film Festival: Best Feature for Children’s Advocacy, 2012
• The Redemptive Film Festival: Redemptive Storyteller of the Year Award, 2012
• The Pocono Film Festival: Best Documentary, 2007

FILMOGRAPHY: INDEPENDENT ART-ON-FILM

Presence: 5 Haikus for 5 Boros     2014
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
A series of visual and auditory meditations in the spirit of haiku poetry composed for every borough of New York. Commissioned by the Center for Faith & Work
See trailer here

Rivers     2014
Director of Photography, Editor
A six-movement work written for music, dance and film by composer Joshua Stamper. RIVERS explores the dramatic impact of Philadelphia’s waterways upon the city recognized as the cradle of liberty and the birthplace of America.
See trailer here

The Ghost of Penn Past     2014
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Using archival photographs and current day time-lapse of commuters in Penn Station, this short film is a mediation on what might have been one of New York City’s greatest architectural casualties in the name of progress.
See trailer here

FILMOGRAPHY: INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY

Polé Polé     2015
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
A young man with autism climbs the world’s tallest free-standing mountain in Tanzania.
See trailer here

Don’t Foil My Plans     2015
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
A sensitive and poignant look at an extraordinary artist with autism and his journey towards independence.
See website/trailer here

Horse & Rider: A Journey Towards Freedom     2011
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
This award-winning documentary traces the tangled memories of two children who were trafficked and sold into brothels in southern India.
See website/trailer here

NYC Tiny Dancer     2013
Director of Photography
A documentary that follows the story of Loan Tran, an accountant by day, and a dancer on the streets of New York City by night.
See trailer here

Tupana Waku Sese     2008
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Tupana Waku Sese documents a Brazilian missionary group and their effort to drill a fresh water well for the Sateré tribe in the Amazon Rainforest.
See trailer here

Sidecars     2007
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Sidecars is an award-winning short film that documents an unusual friendship between two artists: one with autism and the other with a rare rheumatological condition called Polymyositis.
See trailer here

FILMOGRAPHY: INDEPENDENT NARRATIVE

Where You Go     2015
Director of Photography, Editor
A day in the life of one married couple from New York and the unravelling of their their future family.
See IMDB listing here

Beyond Repair     2015
Director, Editor
Two siblings come to terms with their troubled past amidst the derelict neighborhoods of Rockaway, NY.
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Simple Superstar     2013
Assistant Director, Director of Photography, Editor
Simple Superstar is a feature narrative about India’s first YouTube star, Wilbur Sargunaraj, and his attempts to break into Bollywood.
See IMDB listing here

Sau Guna     2011
Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor
A series of six music videos filmed in Varanasi, India for the musical group Aradhna.
See trailer here 

SKILLS

Writing, Directing, Cinematography, Editing.
Proficient in Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, Photoshop, Pro Tools, Logic

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, Hampshire College, 1997

References available upon request.