Ben Selkow was one of the producers working with the filmmaking team of Marc Levin, Karl Hollandt, R. Binky Brown, cinematographer Daniel Levin and editor James Lester in the development, shooting and editing of Prayer for a Perfect Season.
For Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Television and Discovery Channel, Ben was the post producer for two episodes of Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero, a six-part documentary series that followed the men and women reshaping Ground Zero, looking at the emotional and complicated processes of both rebuilding, while at the same time honoring those who lost their lives and their families.
Earlier in 2011, Ben produced The Carrier, which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival in the World Documentary Competition, was selected for the 2011 IDA Docuweek's Showcase and premiered internationally at the Zurich International Film Festival. This feature-length documentary follows the story of an HIV-positive, pregnant Zambian woman, in a polygamous marriage, trying to prevent her unborn baby from contracting the disease while confronting a patriarchal society and isolating cultural stigmas. Ben is also the director/producer of Buried Above Ground, a documentary film that interweaves the stories of an Army captain back from the Iraq War, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, and a woman who endured child abuse, domestic violence and rape, all battling the symptoms of PTSD. A Summer in the Cage, Ben's directorial debut, was a feature-length documentary about bipolar disorder that premiered on Sundance Channel and also is distributed by Indiepix Films, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and Cinetic Rights Management (CRM). A Summer in the Cage won the 2009 Mental Health America Media Award, received an honorable mention at the 2009 Voice Awards and was nominated for a 2008 Prism Award for Bipolar Disorder Depiction. Ben was selected as a Fellow for The Carter Center's 2010-2011 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism and was selected to participate in The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma's 2010 conference entitled "When Veterans Come Home: A Workshop for Working Journalists." In 2007, Ben was honored as one of 50 filmmakers at the Current TV/Fader Films Symposium "A Day of Dialogue and the Future of Non-Fiction Film," featuring keynote speaker former Vice President, Nobel Prize honoree, and Academy Award winner Al Gore. Ben attended the highly selective Sundance Producer's Conference at the Sundance Institute in 2003.
Ben holds Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Film Studies and African-American Studies from Wesleyan University, where he received the W.E.B. Du Bois Academic Award for Overall Excellence. He also received a certificate from the School for International Training for his coursework in Tanzania.
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