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Beyond The Screen 
OCTOBER 24, 1:00PM

Ben Proudfoot 

Oscar® winning documentary director Ben Proudfoot 

Ben Proudfoot


Career-spotlight with Ben Proudfoot

2022 Academy Award® winning director for the

documentary short film The Queen of Basketball. Ben Proudfoot is the founder and creative force behind Breakwater Studios. In 2021, Proudfoot was nominated for the 93rd Academy Awards for his short documentary A Concerto Is a Conversation. Proudfoot’s short documentary film anthology Almost Famous was released with The New York Times to widespread acclaim.


United States / Documentary / 21 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

Told by her daughter Wendy, MINK! chronicles the remarkable Patsy Takemoto Mink, a Japanese American from Hawaii who became the first woman of color elected to the U.S. Congress, on her harrowing mission to co-author and defend Title IX, the law that transformed athletics for generations in America for girls and women.

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The Queen of Basketball

United States / Documentary / 22 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

Queen of Basketball is an electrifying portrait of Lucy Harris, who scored the first basket in women's Olympic history and was the first and only woman officially drafted into the N.B.A. Harris has remained largely unknown - until now.

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A Concerto Is a Conversation

United States / Documentary / 13 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family's lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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That's My Jazz

United States / Documentary / 14 mins

Director: Ben Proudfoot

A world-renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his deceased father Milton Abel Sr., famed Kansas City jazz musician.

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