Randolph Benson's work has garnered numerous awards, most notably an Academy Award for Best Student Documentary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Awards. Benson received an Eastman Kodak Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. He has been an instructor of film and video at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for over a decade, and he serves on Award Juries at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC, USA) and the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival (London, UK).
Benson's previous awards and film festivals include:
LANTZ BARBOUR (CINEMATOGRAPHER)
is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. His cinematography credits include America’s Most Wanted (FOX), Forensic Files (History Channel), Fahrenheit 9/11 (Dog Eats Dog Films, Dir: Michael Moore) among many others. He has also filmed for a variety of networks, among them NBC, Discovery, BET, True TV and Fuse. He is also an accomplished writer, animator and director.
JOHN SHOENFELT (PRODUCER)
is an award-winning producer, with a BFA in Filmmaking/Screenwriting from University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He assisted Hollywood producer David Lancaster in making films for HBO, Disney and Encore, and has worked on numerous commercials, music videos and films. John spent a decade as a private investigator for the top intellectual property attorneys in the country, directing and managing client projects nationally and around the globe. He is currently producing a feature documentary and developing other television and motion picture projects.