Recent Filmography

  • No Names, No Dates / Emily Dickinson / In Production (2016)
  • Pete the Dog: My Life As a Dog Owner (2015)
  • The Greatest Chair / Richard Wilde (2013)
  • A Life in Words and Letters / Carin Goldberg, Graphic Designer (2012)
  • From Dark to Light / Marshall Arisman, Artist (2011)


Benita Raphan is an interdisciplinary artist and visual biographer. A graduate of the Royal College of Art and of the School of Visual Arts, she has lived and worked in London, Paris and New York City.

In 2018 Raphan received a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Creative Engagement grant for work on a public literacy project presented at the New York Public Library. In 2014 she received a New York Foundation for the Arts, (NYFA,) Opportunity Grant. Alan Berliner has been her film mentor since 2010.

For the past 20 years, Raphan has been working on a series of ‘genius films,’ using the form of a cinematic diary to examine subjects’ eccentric and brilliant inner lives and to understand where new ideas come from. Subjects have included Paul Erdös and Buckminster Fuller to Helen Keller and Emily Dickinson.

Raphan’s films are part of the permanent collection of Ruben/Bentson Moving Image collection at the Walker Art Center and of the British Artists’s Film & Video Study Collection in London. Raphan’s collages are in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Her films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Walker Art Center. Additionally, Raphan has received three residencies at MacDowell.

Raphan’s first films were commissioned by Channel 4 Television in the United Kingdom and the Arts Council of England. Her films and stills have been exhibited in group shows and film festivals worldwide including the Sundance Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, and AFI/Silverdocs, as well as at Harvard University and at the University of Virginia’s Department of Economics.