Ben Younger

Director, Screenwriter, Driver
Brooklyn-bred screenwriter-director Ben Younger took the long road to filmmaking and still managed to make a successful feature debut by age 27 with "Boiler Room". A jack-of-all trades who worked numerous odd jobs as ... Read more »
Born: 10/06/1972 in New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Director (4)

Bleed for This 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Prime 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Boiler Room 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Army Wives (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (3)

Bleed for This 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Prime 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boiler Room 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Engineering, Electrical, & Grips (1)

New York Crossing 2015 (Movie)

(additional crew) (Grip)
Producer (1)

Bleed for This 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Outlaw Women (Movie)

(Songwriter)
Actor (1)

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Walking & Talking 1996 (Movie)

(Driver)

Biography

Brooklyn-bred screenwriter-director Ben Younger took the long road to filmmaking and still managed to make a successful feature debut by age 27 with "Boiler Room". A jack-of-all trades who worked numerous odd jobs as part of the fast-paced New York hustle, Younger studied political science at the city's public university and went on to work for local politicians. At age 21 he was the campaign manager for a successful New York State Assembly bid, and quickly became disenchanted with politics, looking for the creative rush he had with previous work as a stand-up comedian. Heeding the advice of another political staffer, Younger tried his hand at screenwriting and made two short films "Maestro" and "L & M". Working as a waiter in a Manhattan eatery, Younger struck up a felicitous conversation with a screenwriter that led to important industry contacts on the merits of "L & M". Before landing his feature debut, Younger worked in other behind-the-scenes capacities, serving as a driver for the independent "Walking and Talking" (1996) and working as a grip on the Italian production "New York Crossing" (lensed 1996) in addition to jobs directing music videos and commercials.

Relationships

Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo Actor

Companion
Began dating September 2005 No longer together

EDUCATION

City University of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

2005

Helmed the romantic comedy "Prime" starring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep

2001

Directed the short films "The Car Thief and the Hit Man" and "The Hit Man and the Investigator"

2001

Was director of "sub-stories" for "The Hire", an omnibus of five short featurette commercials for BMW, shown over the Internet at bmwfilms.com

2000

Feature directorial debut "Boiler Room", starring Ben Affleck and Giovanni Ribisi; also scripted

1996

Worked as a driver on the indie "Walking and Talking"

1994

At age 21, ran Melinda Katz's successful New York State Assembly campaign (date approximate)

Raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York

Wrote and directed the short films "Maestro" and "L & M"

Directed commercials and music videos

Performed as a stand-up comedian

Was a legislative intern for state Assemblyman Alan Hevesi; also worked on his campaign for NYC controller and later served as a senior policy analyst

Bonus Trivia

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"When I started writing 'Boiler Room', the United States was in a slump. The Internet was something for goofy college kids, jobs were scarce and Alan Greenspan had not yet been elevated to demi-god status. Everything is different today. I'm not saying I want it to be any other way. I'm not some crazed Luddite calling for the destruction of all PalmPilots and spinning jennies. I don't think the stock marker is an evil hotbed of swindling brokers driving Italian sports cars. I'm just saying that I see a little bit of 'Boiler Room' everywhere, and it scares me." --Ben Younger quoted in Talk, March 2000

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Younger on his own personal work ethic, as contrasted with the get rich quick ideas of the boiler room: "From early on work became a validation of my self-esteem. It didn't matter what I was doing so long as I brought home some dough. . . Growing up in New York, you learned to hustle. but it was a good hustle, an honest one." --quoted in Talk, March 2000

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"I had a minor epiphany last night. I thought about why I got into film in the first place: You can actually change things. I started thinking, 'Shit, you can do big, big things now -- something really interesting." --Younger to Rolling Stone, April 13, 2000

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Younger on his prior experience: "I also worked as a grip on indie features like 'Walking and Talking'. I got a ton out of that, especially technical proficiency. It's nice to walk on the set as a director and know how to build a crane. I hired the crew that I'd worked with millions of times as a grip. In fact, the key grip on my movie id one of the grips who trained me when I was coming up. To have a guy like that work on my movie -- it goes beyond respect. It's like love." --quoted in Rolling Stone, April 13, 2000

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