A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ben Estabrook specializes in capturing dance on camera. In the past year, the major dance film festivals across the US premiered films that he shot: Veronica & Vincent, Reflections, and since you went. Dance film distributor TenduTV has selected The Nightingale, a film he shot in 2010, as part of its “Essential Dance Film” series. He worked in Scotland with Katrina McPherson on her latest film, The Time it Takes (2012). His work on the theatrical version of Reflections was nominated for an Izzie in 2011 for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design. In 2010, he worked with Victoria Marks and Margaret Williams on Life Study Number One. He has also shot screendance for ODC Dance, Project Bandaloop, Little Seismic Dance, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Fauxnique, and Paul Festa. Additionally, he has participated in dance film workshops with Thierry De Mey and Katrina McPherson. He is the co-founder, Technical Director, and resident workshop instructor of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. He has given guest lectures on screendance at Stanford University and Brigham Young University. Ben is expected to graduate in spring 2014 with an MFA in Film & Media Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Screendance at the University of Utah.
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