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Brothers’ Sundance win rooted at COM

Student Filmmaking
Funding the First Feature


The Safdie brothers talk to COM about student filmmaking and their creative processs. The brothers, both COM graduates, just won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Jury Prize in Short Film (U.S. Fiction) for “The Black Balloon.”

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Benny & Josh Safdie

Benny Safdie (COM '08) and Josh Safdie (COM '07) are award-winning filmmakers who document everyday interactions between ordinary people on the streets of New York. Their films spawn from ideas and chance meetings with truly unique souls, and their films are inspiring as the viewer wanders along through the genuine world these filmmakers have created.

The Safdie Brother’s first feature film, “The Pleasure of Being Robbed” (2008), ran at Cannes, South by Southwest, and is currently available on demand through IFC Films. The Brother’s second feature, “Daddy Long Legs” (2010), starring Ronald Bronstein, ran at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 where the young filmmakers won the John Cassavetes Spirit Award. Bronstein received a Gotham Breakthrough Award in 2010 for his performance, and he was nominated at Sundance for the Independent Spirit Award as Best Male Lead.