Obie Benz

Director, Producer
Heir to a baking fortune (his grandfather allegedly invented white bread), Benz was associated with a variety of socially conscious organizations including the MUSE Foundation (producer of the "No Nukes" ... Read more »
Born: 11/02/1949

Filmography

Producer (3)

Ashtanga, NY 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Americas in Transition 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (3)

The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Director

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Americas in Transition 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

The Atomic Cafe 1981 (Movie)

(Production Consultant)

Biography

Heir to a baking fortune (his grandfather allegedly invented white bread), Benz was associated with a variety of socially conscious organizations including the MUSE Foundation (producer of the "No Nukes" documentary/concert feature) before turning to writing and directing. He made the Ed Asner-narrated "Americas In Transition" (1981; 30 mins), about US involvemnt in Latin America, and debuted as a feature director with "Heavy Petting" (1988), which used interviews and 1950s film clips to take a light-hearted look at the sexual mores of that decade.

EDUCATION

Middlebury College

Middlebury , Vermont
founded and directed a drug assist program from 1968-70

Milestones

1988

Feature (non-fiction) producing and directing debut, "Heavy Petting"

1982

Credited as production consultant on feature documentary "Atomic Cafe"

1981

Film producing and directing debut, "Americas in Transition," a 30-minute documentary on US involvment in Latin America

Co-founder and board member of Film Fund (supporter of socially committed documentaries)

Born into wealthy Delaware baking family (grandfather allegedy invented white bread)

Co-founder and Board Chairman, Pacific Alliance, a benefit concert production company

On Board of Directors of public TV station KQED, San Francisco

On Board of Directors of Council of Foundations (youngest ever board member)

While still in college, was first ever student on a State Board of Education (Vermont)

On Board of Directors of early portable video company, TVTV

Co-founder and board member of MUSE Foundation; central to production of feature documentary "No Nukes"

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