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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 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.

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.

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.