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Not many cinematographers begin their careers with an Academy Award, but that's exactly what happened with Ben Wolf and the short, Gold Mountain. Ben's most recent features include: James Ryan's The Young Girl and the Monsoon, now on Showtime, starring Terry Kinney and Diane Venora; David Sporn's The Road from Erebus, currently playing on HBO; and Art Jones' Going Nomad, starring Damian Young and Victor Argo. That last collaboration led to 2003's Lustre, the new feature by Art Jones starring Victor Argo -- featuring Ben's keen eye for dramatic setting and the beauty of the New York cityscape.
Ben photographed Deborah Kampmeier's Virgin, featuring Robin Wright Penn, Elizabeth Moss, and Daphne Rubin-Vega, which premiered at the 2003 IFP/LA Film Festival. Ben takes his trade to the far reaches for documentaries -- from Oaxaca, Mexico to Lijiang, China. His cinematography has been praised in a series of American Cinematographer articles, notably for Jones' Going Nomad and Charles Weinstein's Under the Bridge.
Ben's photography helped bring Bernard Malamud's short story, The First Seven Years, to life on PBS. It guided Howard Libov's Little Man and New Jersey 40.76N x 74.42W to festival acclaim, and lifted Shoja Azari's K, which screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2002.
May 2003 marked a second career milestone for Ben, who managed to photograph three films at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, and in three distinct categories: short (The Last Word by the internationally renowned Shirin Neshat), documentary (Witnessing by Aileen Ghee), and feature (Jones' Lustre). One month later, Jyllian Gunther's Pullout premiered in Newport, R.I. on the same weekend that Virgin and K screened in the IFP/LA festival. That makes six films at three festivals in one month.