Curriculum Vitae

Benita Raphan is a filmmaker who has lived in London, Paris and New York City.

 

Filmography

  • No Names, No Dates / Emily Dickinson / In Production (2016)
  • Human, Animals and Language / In Production (2016)
  • Documentary: Modigliani-Miller Theorem (M&M) (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)
  • The Wilde Ones / Richard Wilde (2010)
  • Great Genius and Profound Stupidity / Helen Keller / Paul Erdös (2008)
  • The Critical Path / R. Buckminster Fuller (2004)
  • 2+2 / John Forbes Nash, Jr. (2002)
  • Absence Stronger Than Presence / Edwin Land (2000)
  • Within / Without (1989)
  • The Immediate Subject (1986)

Museum Collections

  • Ruben / Bentsen Film and Video Study Center
  • Walker Art Center / Minneapolis
  • Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum / New York City

Museum Screenings

  • Museum of Modern Art / New York City
  • Walker Art Center / Minneapolis
  • National Gallery / Washington, D.C.
  • National Portrait Gallery / London
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts / London
  • Kennedy Center / Washington, D.C.
  • Hayward Gallery / Southbank Centre / London

Fellowships

  • Sundance Institute: Independent Producer’s Conference / Park City
  • MacDowell Colony / Residency for Film & Video / New Hampshire

Library Collections

  • British Artists’ Film & Video Study Collection / London
  • MacDowell Colony / New Hampshire
  • Harvard University Library / Cambridge
  • New York University Library / New York City
  • Stanford University Library / San Francisco
  • University of Virginia Library / Charlottesville

Film Retrospectives

  • Sanfic-Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine / Curated by Jorge Tacla / Santiago
  • Walker Art Center / Curated by Sheryl Mousley / Minneapolis
  • Hamptons International Film Festival / Curated by Rajendra Roy / The Hamptons

Network Presentations

  • HBO / United States & Selected Territories
  • Channel Four Television / United Kingdom
  • The Sundance Channel / United States & Selected Territories
  • PBS / United States
  • Indie/Nation / Independent Film Channel / Canada

Exhibitions

  • Comfort Zones: Group Show / Curated by Jen UrsoFrontal Lobe Gallery / Exhibition Reprieve / 2014
  • Gallery Screening / Month Long Festival Dedicated to Buckminster FullerCurated by Sheryl Mousley / Walker Art Center / 2013
  • The Beautiful Brain: Screening with Ana Voog / Curated by Steve WeissFrontal Lobe Gallery / Phoenix / 2013
  • Comfort Zones: Group Show / Curated by Jen UrsoFrontal Lobe Gallery / Phoenix / 2013
  • The Wilde Years: Four Decades of Shaping Visual Culture / Curated by School of Visual Arts /Visual Arts Gallery / New York City / 2009

Selected Film Festivals

  • Sundance Film Festival / Park City
  • Tribeca Film Festival / New York City
  • Telluride Film Festival / New York City
  • BFI London Film Festival / London
  • AFI Silverdocs Film Festival / Washington, D.C.
  • Imagine Science Film Festival

Awards

  • Opportunity Grant for a Fiscally Sponsored Artist / New York Foundation for the Arts / 2014
  • Art Directors Club / Young Guns / Award for Emerging New Talent / 1990
  • Commission for an Animated Film, Commissioning Editor, Clare Kitson /
    Channel Four Television / United Kingdom 1989
  • Animate! / Commission for an Animated Film / Channel 4 Television /
    Arts Council of England / United Kingdom / 1987
  • Bursary for a Student Film / Panel Chaired by David Curtis, Senior Officer /
    Arts Council of England / United Kingdom / 1986
  • Royal College of Art / Landor Associates
    Grant for a Final Year Graduate Student / London / 1985
  • School of Visual Arts / Rhodes Family Medal for Excellence / New York City / 1986

Selected Book Citations

  • Michael O’Prey / Benita Raphan / Digital Artist / The British Avant-Garde Film
    (1926-1995) / 2003
  • Steven Heller & Gail Anderson / The Designer’s Guide to Astounding Photoshop Effects /
    2004
  • Steven Heller / On Becoming a Graphic Designer / Vol. 1 / 2000
  • Ellen Lupton / Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture / 1996

Selected Articles

  • Print Magazine / Imprint / Gail Anderson / Benita’s Shorts / 2013
  • Shoot Magazine / New Director’s Showcase / 2008
  • DesignNet Magazine (Korea) / Benita Raphan: Creator / 2005
  • Res Magazine / Hollis Willis / Traces of Genius / 2004
  • New York Newsday / Jimmy Breslin / Short Film is Long on Talent / 2002
  • Realscreen / The Short’s Story / 2002
  • Millimeter / Experimenting on Nash / 2002
  • Res Magazine / Hollis Willis / Another Genius Short / 2002
  • Real Screen / The Shorts Story / 2002
  • Creativity Magazine / Extracurricular Activities / Art’s Eternal Flame / 2000
  • The New York Times / Habitats / Benita Raphan / 1999
  • FilmMaker Magazine / Hollis Willis / Benita Raphan’s Ambivalence 1997
  • Moviemaker Magazine / Beauty in a Small Package / 1996
  • Creativity Magazine / Directors / Polar Opposites / Benita Raphan / 1995
  • Photographies Magazine / Révélations / 1992
  • Filmmaker Magazine / 25 New Faces of Indie Film/Benita Raphan / 1991
  • BAT Magazine / Benita Raphan / Graphiste Entre Paris et New York / 1994
  • Création Magazine / Benita Raphan: La Liberté de Créer / 1988
  • Shots Magazine / New Directors: Benita Raphan / 1990
  • Creative Review / Portrait of Instant Fame / 1989
  • Création Magazine / L’Aniversaire Manqué / 1988
  • Création Magazine / Benita Raphan: Art Director / 1988
  • BAT Magazine / Benita Raphan/Art Director / 1987
  • Creative Review / The Quiet American / 1987
  • Direction Magazine / RCA Dream Film pulls in Arts Council Award / 1987
  • The Independent / Fast Forward into Film / 1986
  • Blueprint Magazine / Recent Graduates from the Royal College of Art / 1986

Selected Lectures

  • Thinking Creatively Conference / New Jersey Art Directors Club / Union, New Jersey
  • AIGA / Small Talks / selected by AIGA President, Carin Goldberg / New York City
  • Art Directors Club of New York / Saturday High School Program / New York City
  • School of Visual Arts / New York City
  • AIGA – NY / Small Talks / New York City

Professional Organizations

  • MacDowell Fellows
  • Type Directors Club / Member

What the Critics are Saying

“Benita Raphan’s films exude an ineffable authenticity, each a uniquely layered equation that weaves form and content in ways that are complex, innovative, and immensely satisfying. Benita combines her love of knowledge, her passion for excavating a subject as deeply as possible, a devoted sense of purpose, along with her world-class graphic arts skill set, into works of beauty, illumination and extreme visual sophistication.”

Alan Berliner / Filmmaker / First Cousin Once Removed / Wide Awake

“Benita Raphan’s film, Pete The Dog, is a fascinating and artful meditation on pet adoption. The story may be personal, but the implications are sweeping. What are the ramifications of rescuing a dog, or any other animal?

What happens when behavioral issues begin to manifest themselves after a rescued dog has become your pet? Benita’s emotional roller coaster ride with her unpredictable Pete is the backbone of the film, but her predicament is the heart and soul of the story. The film asks tough questions that any animal lover, like me, will find heartbreaking. But Benita had the courage and creative mind to make her experience into a beautiful film.”

Michel Negroponte / Filmmaker / An Autobiography of Michelle Maren / Jupiter’s Wife

“Benita Raphan is an iconoclast and a unique visionary. Her films are smart, gorgeous and like no other work out there.”

Carin Goldberg / Designer / AGI Member / President of the AIGA NY (2007–2009)

“Some things are worth the wait…..Rather than attempting to make anything resembling a traditional biography, Raphan, instead lifts ideas and aesthetic from her work as a print designer/illustrator to craft short films that layer images, drawings and fragments of text, creating portraits that employ metaphor and suggestion rather than a litany of facts and a chronological account.

Excerpted from Res Magazine article, “Traces of Genius”
Holly Willis, Director of Academic Programs / Institute for Multimedia Literacy /
University of Southern California

“Benita Raphan’s films stand out as the work of a very creative single artist, an artist going cinematic places others haven’t.”

Bo Smith / Katherine Stone White Head of the Film and Video and the Head of Concerts /
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston