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Ben ProudfootPhoto: Errisson Lawrence

Ben Proudfoot

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Age: 21

Ben Proudfoot is a sleight-of-hand magician and an award-winning filmmaker from Halifax. A recent graduate of the University of Southern California, the 21-year-old has directed the acclaimed short films Dinner with Fred and ink&paper. An avid squash player, Proudfoot currently resides in Los Angeles and is developing his first feature movie, a true story set in Oceana County, Michigan.

Name three of your interests (not film-related) and one pet peeve. 

I like cooking elaborate dishes with the people I love, I have an undying passion for typography and I'm a sponge for anything about the early lives of great individuals in history. My pet peeve? Chewing gum.

What is your favourite movie?

At the moment, my favourite movie is Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington because it still makes me well up with tears, even though I've watched it more times than I care to admit.

When did you make your first film?

My first bona fide movie (besides little ones I made for fun with my pals as a kid) was Dinner with Fred. It's a lemons-to-lemonade story about my grandfather who was a breakthrough poultry geneticist during WWII.

Sum up your film, ink&paper, in a 5-word sentence. 

Dear craftspeople: hang in there.

Which films or directors inspire you?   

I'm inspired by the old masters: Capra, Ford, Hitchcock, Disney, Lean. I also love newer directors like Peter Weir and Steven Spielberg and I was recently floored by first-time feature director Benh Zeitlin’s magical film Beasts of the Southern Wild.

What's your motto as a filmmaker?

I don't know if I know the answer to that yet. Maybe something like 'a story worth telling is a story worth telling well'. 

What's your dream film project?

There are a lot. I'm a frustrated musical director, for one. I'd love to do a musical sometime before I die.

You're also a sleight-of-hand magician. What's your most impressive trick?

 I'll think I'll keep that a mystery...

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Marcy Goldman

Sunday, November 4th 2012 09:34
GO, BEN!!!!! So happy to hear about this film.
Best of luck, keep me informed, and can't wait
to work with you again!!!! XXXXXXXXXXX, Marcy

Cathy Seamone

Sunday, November 4th 2012 10:05
Artistically directed....well done!

Chris Seamone

Sunday, November 4th 2012 10:49
An insightful perspective into the ongoing gradual loss of unique skills and vocations in our changing world. Well presented!

Marnie Proudfoot Anderson

Monday, November 5th 2012 08:20
Really enjoyed your film Ben! Congratulations.

Chris Copeland

Monday, November 5th 2012 10:56
Ben ... Keep up the fantastic work!

Frederik Och

Monday, November 5th 2012 13:40
Hey Ben,

awesome short film that you made there!
Really well done. I guess the music is made by you as well?
Do you remember me? It has been such a long time...

I will spread your film across Germany! I bet you will become famous ;)

Jim O'Keeffe

Monday, November 5th 2012 15:11
I was completely floored the first time I saw this film and have been in it's corner ever since.

Norm Bolen

Monday, November 5th 2012 18:33
This is a lovely film that does something very important. It captures the essence of an art and a profession that is being lost to new technologies. Well done.

Dan Russell

Thursday, November 8th 2012 12:18
Wow Ben, really moving I hope they manage to stay open thanks for sharing, good luck on your future projects
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