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Bennett Miller

Bennett Miller is an Academy-Award nominated filmmaker. His first narrative feature, Capote, was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Director and Best Picture. Philip Seymour Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote.

Having dropped out of NYU and refusing to conform to convention, Bennett first gained recognition for his documentary portrait, The Cruise, about eccentric New York City tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch. Shot without a crew, The Cruise was a pioneering venture in independent filmmaking and was the first digital MiniDV film to receive theatrical distribution. It won major awards at international festivals, including the top prize of the International Forum at the Berlin International Film Festival. Such substantial acclaim rendered it one of the best-reviewed films the year of its release.

Through the years, Bennett developed a successful career as a go-to commercial director for the top agencies around the world helming successful spots for high profile clients such as AT&T, MasterCard, American Express, Dell and Verizon, as well as numerous music videos for artists like Bob Dylan and Scarlett Johansson.

Bennett’s second feature, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt garnered six nominations including Best Picture at the Academy Awards. In his review, Roger Ebert said it was “a smart, intense and moving film that isn’t so much about sports as about the war between intuition and statistics. I walked in knowing what the movie was about, but unprepared for its intelligence and depth.” 

Bennett’s film, Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, earned him another Oscar nomination for Best Director.  Bennett also received the Prix de la Mise en Scène (Best Director) Award at the Cannes Film Festival.