Benedict Campbell is a writer and director focused on fictional dramas for short and feature films. His interest in filmmaking grew from photography and he studied film & television at New York University.
His short film, LLOYD NECK, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened at 20 international film festivals. The film won Best Director at the HollyShorts Festival. His short documentary, THE WATCH & THE WAR, premiered on the watch news website hodinkee.com.
He recently completed A QUAKER SOUND, a short film that screened at the 2017 Provincetown Film Festival. Benedict was a Teaching Artist at The Ghetto Film School and he is developing THE HIGH BRIDGE, a feature film about a teenager confronting fatherhood in the Bronx.
A Q&A WITH FILMSHOP BREAKTHROUGH SERIES 2017 FEATURED ARTIST Benedict campbell...
What was the inspiration for your project?
Teen dads are frequently portrayed as unhelpful, unloving and unsupportive, but this is far from the truth. A friend had the experience of being a young father growing up in the Bronx, and he rose to meet this challenge by supporting his daughter and her mother. It wasn’t easy. I was inspired by his story and a little-known bridge that links the Bronx to Manhattan.
How did the Filmshop community contribute to its development?
I introduced the project to Filmshop with a script for a short film based on the feature. They got a chance to see the characters in three scenes, and I got to see how the short was working. I presented the feature script a few weeks later and applied their feedback to later drafts.
What would New York Times say about your project?
In this story, set in the Bronx, there are no guns, gangs or drugs. It's the surprisingly tender story of a young father trying to do what's best for his daughter in a difficult situation.
I'm working on getting the short film (based on the feature) to the screen, and I'm looking for development and producing partners for the feature script.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
Since moving near Yankee Stadium, I can hear the roar of the crowd and have caught baseball fever. I'm a member of The Bronx Filmmakers Collective, and I've got a cat named Mo'nique.