Biography

Benny Safdie is an American director and is best known for Good Time (2017). Together with his brother and frequent collaborator Josh Safdie, there were born in New York and living between their father in Queens and their mother in Manhattan. Benny and Josh began making movies at a young age, inspired by their film-enthusiastic father. In 2007, Partners & Spade co-founder Andy Spade commissioned Josh Safdie to create a short film to promote Kate Spade Handbags. Together, Benny and Josh and their cohort submitted instead a feature-length script, which they began shooting with Spade's support. The film premiered at SXSW in March 2008. It also played at the Cannes sidebar Directors' Fortnight, along with a short film The Acquaintances of a Lonely John directed by Benny. Their second feature film, Daddy Longlegs, premiered at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes under an alternate title Go Get Some Rosemary in 2009 and played its American debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Lenny Cooke, their first full-length documentary premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. Also premiering at the Venice Film Festival was their feature film Heaven Knows What (2014) where it won the C.I.C.A.E Award. The Safdies received great critical acclaim and much wider attention with their crime-thriller Good Time (2017) starring Robert Pattinson as a low-life conman, trying to get his brother, played by Benny, out of prison. It premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Cannes Soundtrack Award.

Benny Safdie is an American director and is best known for Good Time (2017). Together with his brother and frequent collaborator Josh Safdie, there were born in New York and living between their father in Queens and their mother in Manhattan. Benny and Josh began making movies at a young age, inspired by their film-enthusiastic father. In 2007, Partners & Spade co-founder Andy Spade commissioned Josh Safdie to create a short film to promote Kate Spade Handbags. Together, Benny and Josh and their cohort submitted instead a feature-length script, which they began shooting with Spade's support. The film premiered at SXSW in March 2008. It also played at the Cannes sidebar Directors' Fortnight, along with a short film The Acquaintances of a Lonely John directed by Benny. Their second feature film, Daddy Longlegs, premiered at the Director's Fortnight at Cannes under an alternate title Go Get Some Rosemary in 2009 and played its American debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Lenny Cooke, their first full-length documentary premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and Venice Film Festival. Also premiering at the Venice Film Festival was their feature film Heaven Knows What (2014) where it won the C.I.C.A.E Award. The Safdies received great critical acclaim and much wider attention with their crime-thriller Good Time (2017) starring Robert Pattinson as a low-life conman, trying to get his brother, played by Benny, out of prison. It premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Cannes Soundtrack Award.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 34

Birthday 1986-01-01

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Ben Safdie

Directing TV ShowsMovies

Into the Woods with Mark Director
Life With Zach Mulden Director
My Neighbor Says It's Ok Director
Gone Tomorrow Director
48 Hours Director
Uncut Gems Director
2017 Good Time Director
2016 Toback Vs. Mailer: The Incident Director
2015 Heaven Knows What Director
2013 Lenny Cooke Director
2012 Trophy Hunter Director
2012 The Black Balloon Director
2012 Solid Gold Director
2011 Straight Hustle Director
2011 Buttons Director
2010 John's Gone Director
2009 Daddy Longlegs Director
2008 There's Nothing You Can Do Director
2008 The Acquaintances of a Lonely John Director
2007 What To Do When Choking Director
2007 John's Lonely Trip to Coney Island Director
2006 The Ralph Handel Story Director
2005 Mark Goes to a Party Director
2005 My Neighbor Still Says It's Ok Director

Acting

Into the Woods with Mark
Life With Zach Mulden
2017 Meet the Filmmakers: Josh and Benny Safdie as Himself
2017 Good Time as Nikolas "Nick" Nikas
2017 Person to Person as Eugene
2010 John's Gone as John
2008 There's Nothing You Can Do
2008 The Acquaintances of a Lonely John
2008 Yeast as Riverguy 2
2007 What To Do When Choking
2007 John's Lonely Trip to Coney Island
2006 The Ralph Handel Story
2006 I Think I'm Missing Parts
2005 Mark Goes to a Party
2005 If You See Something, Say Something
2004 Alberto Lives in a Bathroom

Writing

48 Hours Writer
Uncut Gems Writer
Life With Zach Mulden Writer
2012 Trophy Hunter Writer
2012 The Black Balloon Writer
2011 Straight Hustle Writer
2010 John's Gone Writer
2009 Daddy Longlegs Writer
2008 The Acquaintances of a Lonely John Writer
2007 The Back of Her Head Writer
2005 If You See Something, Say Something Writer

Editing

2017 Good Time Editor
2016 Toback Vs. Mailer: The Incident Editor
2015 Heaven Knows What Editor
2013 Lenny Cooke Editor
2012 The Black Balloon Editor
2011 Buttons Editor
2010 John's Gone Editor
2009 Daddy Longlegs Editor
2008 The Pleasure of Being Robbed Editor
2008 The Acquaintances of a Lonely John Editor
2007 What To Do When Choking Editor

Production

Two Against Nature Producer
2012 The Black Balloon Casting Director
2010 John's Gone Producer
2009 Daddy Longlegs Co-Producer
2008 The Acquaintances of a Lonely John Producer
2006 The Groomsmen Production Assistant

Sound

2017 Good Time Sound Recordist
2015 Heaven Knows What Sound Mixer Sound Recordist
2012 The Black Balloon Sound Designer
2009 Daddy Longlegs Sound Designer
2008 The Pleasure of Being Robbed Sound Designer

Crew

2011 Buttons Cinematography

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