(or simply, “Ben”) is a filmmaker and comedian, and currently writes for the CBS Showcase. He completed the Fox Writers Intensive last year and has been supported by Film Independent’s Project Involve and the CAA Comedy Writers Bootcamp in the past, and his latest feature script, PEDRO TRIES TO GET MARRIED, was one of seven finalists from over 2000 submissions for Robert Rodriguez’s inaugural season of Rebel Without a Crew.
Ben currently has two shorts on the festival circuit, Alpha and Bettas, for which both were accepted into the Oscar-Qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the latter won “Best LGBTQI Short” at IFS Los Angeles Film Festival and was also accepted into the Oscar-Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival.
Ben is also the creator of several digital series including Pushy Riot (for which the TV pilot script got him into the Fox Writers Intensive); MARIconBEN, a Spanish/English comedy starring and based off his relationship with his 93-year-old abuelita; and Strictly Vers, a digital series based on his stand up.
In a past life, Ben was the Director of Development for Eugenio Derbez’s Lionsgate/Pantelion backed production company 3Pas Studios (INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED, HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER, OVERBOARD); prior to that he assisted Academy Award nominated producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (DJANGO UNCHAINED, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Reno 911) before becoming a talent manager and producer for Sofia Vergara’s company LatinWE (HOT PURSUIT) and her YouTube-funded channel NuevOn.
Ben graduated from the USC School of Dramatic Arts and currently studies improv at Groundlings and sketch at the Actors Company. He performs stand up, sketch and improv regularly all over LA, including at world renowned venues like The Comedy Store, UCB, The Ice House, and Second City, among many others.
In his spare time, Ben works with the Edward James Olmos and Rafael Agustin led Latino Film Institute Youth Cinema Project as an instructor, and with Young Storytellers as a Teaching Artist, to teach filmmaking to middle and high school students and help them write and produce short films.