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Ben Selkow

Executive Producer & Showrunner
Ben Selkow is an award-winning filmmaker who has created work for Netflix, HBO,
CNN, PBS, Sundance TV, Discovery, Participant Media, Esquire Network, and whose
films have been screened at film festivals globally, including Tribeca, Hot Docs, and
DOC NYC. As the son of a psychologist and college professor, Ben moved frequently
as a kid, from Montreal to Tennessee to Switzerland to the Northeast and even a
commune in upstate New York. This intrepid childhood filled with travel and living in
outlier communities, helped develop an intrinsic ability to adapt and integrate into new
worlds, as well as a wild sense of curiosity. This would prove integral to his lifelong
desire to be a filmmaker and to tell stories, especially of the underrepresented. Ben’s
work ranges from national and global social justice films, to international travel series, to
intimate works with artists of the highest order.Most recently, Ben worked as an executive producer, showrunner and director for the Netflix and Mass Appeal-produced docu-series on hip hop culture, Rapture. Previously, he directed all six episodes of CNN’s religious exploration series, Believer with Reza Aslan. Ben directed and produced several episodes of the Emmy and Peabody Award-
winning CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. He directed and produced the
award-winning PBS and America ReFramed documentary film on PTSD, entitled Buried
Above Ground and a documentary film on bipolar disorder that aired on Sundance TV’s,
entitledA Summer in the Cage. As a producer, he co-created and executive produced
the Participant Media docu-series Welcome to Fairfax, the award-winning Participant
Media and Univision environmental documentary Death by a Thousand Cuts, HBO’s
high school basketball coming-of-age story Prayer for a Perfect Season, and PBS Afro-
Pop’s The Carrier. Ben was awarded Honors from both the Film Studies and African-American Studies departments upon graduating from Wesleyan University, where he also received the
W.E.B. Du Bois Prize for Overall Academic Excellence. In 2010, Ben was the recipient
of a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship.