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 took home the Oscar 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 of 1998.
Bennett has since developed a rewarding career as a commercial director and has helmed spots for major advertising agencies around the world. Bennett’s exceptional talent for capturing visually stirring portraits of individuals can be seen in his Diane Von Furstenberg spot for American Express, which follows the fashion designer from a captivating winter wonderland to her design studio.
He has taken the helm on multiple, long running campaigns for Nikon, each featuring celebrity spokesperson Ashton Kutcher. Through his career Bennett has directed many other successful spots for such high profile clients as AT&T, Corona, MasterCard and Verizon, as well as numerous music videos for artists like Bob Dylan and Scarlett Johansson.
In 2011 Bennett released his second feature, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt. 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.” Moneyball garnered six nominations including Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Bennett released his follow-up feature, Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo which earned him an Oscar nomination in 2015 for Best Achievement in Directing. Bennett also received the Prix de la Mise en Scène (Best Director) Award from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.