Ben Proudfoot | Director & Founder
Director and producer Ben Proudfoot was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His father is a trial lawyer and his mother is a sociology professor.
At the age of 15, Proudfoot began studying sleight-of-hand magic and over the next three years, won both the Canadian and International Championships for legerdemain. At 16, he joined the Magic Castle Junior Program in Los Angeles.
Proudfoot's passions shifted to filmmaking, and he was subsequently accepted to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. In 2011, Proudfoot wrote and directed the short film Dinner with Fred which garnered dozens of festival awards worldwide and won him two Best Director awards and a qualification for the 2012 Academy Awards© for Best Live Action Short Film. In May 2012, Proudfoot directed a short documentary entitled ink&paper that found an international audience of over one million people on Vimeo, triggering Sony Pictures Television to option the property.
In 2012, Proudfoot founded Breakwater Studios Ltd. and established a production office in Los Angeles in the building where Walt Disney first started his company in 1923.
In 2013, Proudfoot released another short craftspeople documentary called The Ox which garnered even more views than ink&paper did.
Proudfoot is in post production on his first feature film, a documentary about a Shakespeare scholar mounting Romeo & Juliet in Rwanda with local high school kids 20 years after the genocide.