Ben Lenzner is an artist, filmmaker, storyteller, photographer, documentary media maker, writer and a scholar in the study of screen and media.
With a MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University (Canada) and a PhD in Screen & Media Studies from the University of Waikato (New Zealand), Ben's work provides new angles and unique vantage points for documentary storytelling. A true believer that art & collaboration can bring communities together, his recent films, creative experiments, exploratory research, approaches to storytelling, video installations and activist projects have examined citizen journalism in the Kashmir Valley, emerging global artistry in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, the annual migration of the Van Gujjar community of Northern India and the relationship between communities and refugees on the Italian/French border. Clients include The Guardian, the 360Plus Leadership Collective, the visual artist Krishnaswamy and his creative projects have screened at The Barbican, Anthology Film Archives, The Ryerson Image Centre, Nuit Blanche Toronto, amongst many others... He has taught lens based media in the community programs department of the International Center of Photography (ICP), the University of Waikato, & Ryerson University.
Born & raised in NYC, Ben divides his time between New York City & Rotterdam where he visualizes, implements and experiments with projects for the creative studio, Springs Assembly.