All posts by: amybench

“Trans in America” Series premiere on Conde Nast’s ‘them.’

Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of meeting and filming Kimberly Shappely and her 7 year old daughter Kai, who have been contending with a rigid, conservative community in Pearland, Texas while they fight for transgender rights for Kai. I’m happy to announce this project dear to my heart has been released by the ACLU in partnership […]

Show at Women & Their Work

A project I have been shooting in collaboration with artist Denise Prince over the last year is premiering tonight at Women & Their Work! A blurb from the gallery: In large paintings, photographs, performance and a 16mm film, Denise Prince seeks to lay bare the outsized role that fantasy plays in the construction of identity […]

‘I’m With the Banned’ for Teen Vogue

I had the opportunity to shoot stills for a recent Teen Vogue piece written by Jessica Goudeau: When Sarah Bagh thinks of Syria, she thinks of summer evenings spent catching turtles with her cousins in their grandparents’ backyard in Damascus. While the children played, the adults lingered over dinner, neighbors and relatives sharing news with […]

An Uncertain Future

I collaborated with Austin filmmakers Chelsea Hernandez and Iliana Sosa this spring on a short documentary about undocumented parents. Chelsea and Iliana were commissioned by Field of Vision and Firelight media to tell a story from the perspective of vulnerable communities for the series Our 100 Days, exploring threats to U.S. democracy during the first 100 days […]

The OUTWORDS Archive

I had the unique opportunity to work on the first nation-wide video archive of LGBTQ activists this past week, with founder and director/producer Mason Funk of the The OUTWORDS Archive. We interviewed 13 activists in 7 days, traveling across the state of Texas, stopping in Dallas, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Houston, and Gun Barrel City. Everyone […]

L’Enfant Terrible

Outtakes from final shoot with director Denise Prince for her project “L’Enfant Terrible.” Premiering in October for a month-long show at Women & Their Work (Austin, TX). Stay tuned!

Austin Film Fest Indie Filmmaker Roundtable

I’ll be one of the featured guests at this week’s AFF indie filmmaker roundtable, discussing my work and answering questions from aspiring filmmakers: speed-dating style. I’ll be there along with 9 other filmmakers, including writer/director Annie Silverstein (Skunk), producer Susan Kirr (The Tree of Life), editor Chris Roldan (The Tree of Life), and Director Greg Kwedar […]

Conflict of Interest

One of my photographs is featured in the visual art and literary magazine Conflict of Interest. It is paired with an excerpt from Adeena Reitberger’s short story “Here is Always Somewhere Else”: I start riding horses the same year Lani admits to a heroin addiction, but I quit and she doesn’t. She refuses to speak about […]

Artist Talk at GrayDUCK Gallery

I have a series of images up at GrayDUCK Gallery through Sept 25. The image above is one in the series. Please check out the show- it’s a collection of works from 9 artists that are part of The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group. Tomorrow I’ll be giving an Artist Talk to discuss the work, here […]

Paste Magazine Feature

I’m thrilled to be listed among three “DPs on the Rise” for my work on Joanna Arnow’s Bad at Dancing. Author Meredith Alloway states: Paste checked out Rooftop’s “This Is What We Mean By Short Films” block earlier this summer and found filmmaker Joanna Arnow’s film Bad at Dancing hilarious and compelling. Her DP, Amy Bench, delivered visuals with […]