Ben Samuels

Ben is a professional make-believer in film and theatre. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he now lives and works in Brooklyn. 

 

As a screenwriter, he won the 2020 Austin Film Festival for co-writing the Civil War pilot RICHMOND UNDERGROUND, about a spy ring of women and slaves who infiltrated the Confederate White House. His pilot LEGACY won the LaunchPad Competition and his dramatic feature ROW YOUR BOAT reached the Top 50 of the Nicholl Fellowships from 7,300+ submissions.

As a film director, he helmed the DACA documentary TWO RIVERS and narrative social justice short WAY UP, in addition to adapting and directing his debut one-act play ATTILA as a short film after directing the stage premiere in the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival at Playwrights Horizons.

He is currently directing a feature he wrote and recently staged a virtual reading of his debut full-length play WRETCHED OF THE EARTH starring Nik Walker, Greg Keller, Justin Cunningham, and more.

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FEATURED PROJECTS

TWO RIVERS POSTER Ben Samuels

TWO RIVERS

Documentary Short

DREAMER Alejandro Jimenez was smuggled into America as a boy and, thanks to DACA, is now New Hope, Pennsylvania's first professional boxer. In the days leading up to his toughest fight, with lawmakers threatening to repeal DACA, he battles for the ideals of a nation.

WAY UP POSTER Ben Samuels

WAY UP

Narrative Short

A North Philly community organizer and his son search for a hopeful way to confront gun violence as a single day unfolds in parallel stories before an act of violence brings them crashing together.

ATTILA POSTER Ben Samuels

ATTILA

Narrative Short

America is at war in 1864 as Union Major General William T. Sherman plans his brutal March to the Sea through his beloved South and is confronted by the moral convictions of an escaped slave.

Master of Secrets Ben Samuels

MASTER OF SECRETS

Novel

Ben's debut novel is an immersive memoir that charts the inspiring true story of Holocaust survivor John Saunders as he outfoxes the Nazis and emigrate to America. Available from Amazon.

 

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Ben Samuels

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