Out of Malibu
On Nov 9 2018 I lost everything I owned when my home in Malibu Park burned to the ground. This is the story of my life in Malibu from when I moved there in June of 2016 through Nov 9the when everything was taken away from me in the fire.
Music by Miley Cyrus, Joe Walsh, Lee Ritenour, Al Hirt, The Last Ride, Billy Goodrum and Madilyn Bailey.
SCREENING: Saturday 2/15 1:00P
WHERE: Malibu City Hall
Director Biography - Benjamin Pollack
Benjamin is a graduate of The American Film Institute and an award winning director/writer. Originally from Philadelphia, Benjamin's first foray into show business was writing an animated James Bond spinoff entitled, James Bond Jr. From there Benjamin went on to write three multi-award winning screenplays, had a short stint with The Groundlings, and went on to complete the masters program at The American Film Institute.
Shortly after graduation, Benjamin was hired by late mega producer, John Daley to edit and produce his last two films, Played and Moonpie. From there Benjamin became an award winning music video director, working with clients like Garry Beers and Ciaran Gribbin (INXS) Mike Krompass (Smash Mouth) Daniel Ash (Bauhaus / Love and Rockets) Matt Zarley and many others.
As a feature film director, Pollack won Best Director at the Los Angeles Independent Television Festival (ITV Fest) for his directorial debut, the independent comedy/horror feature Dark Room Theater. The film also won Best Comedy Feature at the First Glance Film Festival in Philadelphia, and was nominated for Best Narrative Feature and Best Horror feature at the Rome International Film Festival and Shockerfest, respectively.
In addition to writing and directing, Pollack is an accomplished film producer. He has produced films at AFI with actress Amanda Seyfried (Letters to Juliet, Mamma Mia, Alpha Dog) and at Film & Music Entertainment with veteran producer, John Daly (The Terminator, Platoon, The Last Emperor). Pollack also produced the multi-award-winning feature, The Garage, and was the sole producer of his original feature film, Dark Room Theater.
As an editor, Pollack has been nominated for two ACE Eddie Awards. He edited the feature film Played, starring Val Kilmer and Gabriel Byrne, and he also edited the aforementioned feature The Garage, which screened in over 80 festivals and received over 50 awards and nominations.
While at AFI, Pollack held a seat on the Fellows Advisory Council for two years, and served on AFI's Curriculum Review Committee. He was awarded two prestigious production grants for each of his thesis films, the FotoKem Award and the Fuji Filmmakers Award, and was nominated by AFI's Faculty for class valedictorian.
Benjamin is also co-owner of Tomlinson Management Group, one of LA's premiere talent agencies in the beauty industry.