Along with shooting the musical Life of an Actress (dir. Paul Chau), featuring Orfeh, Allison Case, and Bart Shatto, 2013 saw the completion and release of four documentaries shot in whole or in part by Ben Wolf. The six-hour road movie on all the towns in the U.S. called ‘Amsterdam,’ Amsterdam Stories USA (dirs: Rob Rombout and Rogier van Eck), won awards in Portugal and Serbia and was televised in several European countries. Deceptive Practice (dirs: Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein), a film on the magician Ricky Jay, screened throughout the U.S. via distributor Kino Lorber. Food Chains (dir. Sanjay Rawal) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and Invitation to Dance (dir. Christian von Tippelskirch and Simi Linton) premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Arthur Vincie’s lo-fi sci-fi film Found In Time and Shoja Azari’s Venice Biennale entry The King of Black filled out the year.
Ben’s other credits include Gold Mountain (Student Academy Award, Best Cinematography), Lustre starring Victor Argo, The Young Girl and The Monsoon starring Terry Kinney and Diane Venora, Requiem for Kosova (official selection at over forty film festivals around the globe, and winner of several awards). Ben has shot documentaries, corporate projects, and narrative shorts and features in Sarajevo, China, India, and, most recently, in Malaysia and East Timor.
Ben also teaches cinematography at Montclair State University and has taught lighting seminars at SVA, Brooklyn College, Wright State University, and SACAC in Delhi.