Film director Ben Proudfoot was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His father is a trial lawyer and his mother is a sociology professor.
At the age of 15, Proudfoot began studying the art of magic and over the next three years, won both the Canadian and International Championships for sleight-of-hand. At 16, he joined the Magic Castle Junior Program in Los Angeles, traveling to meetings several times a year from Canada with earnings from childrens’ birthday parties.
He was then accepted to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, where he is currently in his last year of study.
In 2011, Proudfoot wrote and directed the short film Dinner with Fred, a 25-minute epic shot on 35mm film which boasts a sequence with a period steam train and a full orchestral score recorded by John Williams’ principal players. After premiering in Los Angeles in January 2011, Dinner with Fred began its successful nationwide festival run, garnering numerous awards and accolades and qualifying for consideration for the 2011 Academy Awards© in the Best Live Action Short Film category.
In 2012, Proudfoot directed ink&paper, a short documentary about side-by-side letterpress and paper shops in Los Angeles trying to survive in the modern world. ink&paper received universal acclaim with almost one million loads in 150 countries worldwide.
Proudfoot currently resides in Los Angeles and is developing his next project, a musical.