BENJAMIN SWEET

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Benjamin Sweet (b. 1987) is an American writer, director, and producer. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA), where he majored in Film and Video and minored in Digital Arts. While at SVA, Sweet wrote, directed, edited, and produced Big Ted & Little Audrey, a short film about the misfortune of a just­off­the­boat Swede. The film was completed in 2009. In 2010, Sweet wrote, directed, produced, edited and starred in Film Spirit, a 45­minute pilot for a television comedy about a young, talentless megalomanic with a big heart who is completely convinced that he’s destined to be the greatest actor in the world, while also taking home the award for Best Feature Length Screenplay at SVA’s annual Dusty Film Festival for his script, Mojave.

 

From 2011 until 2012, Sweet worked on Personal Record, a feature­length documentary, as Head Camera Operator and Co-­Editor. The film followed Christopher Heisler, an amateur marathon runner, in his year­long training leading up to an attempt to set a record at the New York City marathon.

 

In 2012, Sweet wrote, directed, produced and edited his first feature film, JAN:88, a gritty psychological thriller about two psychotic teenagers invading the home of a newly wed couple whom they take hostage while filming the entire event. There is another round of financing up ahead to raise adequate funds for marketing and festival distribution.

 

In 2015, Sweet won the Tracking Board's Launchpad Feature Screenplay competition with his original feature comedy script, "Chasing Unicorns" which has pointed him toward a hefty pool of Managers, Agents and Execs.

 

Sweet’s approach is distinctly both human and absurd. Wit, dark comedy, and a steady grounding in the universal truths of love, loss, and grief permeate his work. Although the themes are timeless, his work is tangibly grounded. 


 

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