Ben ProudfootFounder & CEO
Ben Proudfoot, 28, is the creative force behind Breakwater Studios, an award-winning film production company headquartered in the Los Feliz building where Walt Disney started his company in 1923. Proudfoot, once a world champion sleight-of-hand magician and a graduate of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, has a prolific body of work as director and producer that has received numerous accolades including seven Vimeo Staff Picks, a 2019 Webby Award for THE YOUNGEST CAPTAIN, world premiering THAT’S MY JAZZ at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, and an Emmy for PBS’ MONTAGE. A leader in the short documentary space, Proudfoot has directed and produced over 50 noteworthy short documentaries for some of the world’s most admired brands and movie studios. In 2018, Proudfoot’s company announced the closing of a Series A round from Gigi Pritzker and Clint Kisker’s MWM, making Breakwater Studios one of the first venture-backed brand film studios.
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