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Directed by Ben Gustafson
Narrative Short
U.S.A.| 9 min | 2017

Beaten by injustice and a life of crime, a young man’s plan to end it all turns into a life of renewed hope and a passionate career as a chef.

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Seared - Ben GustafsonBen Gustafson

Hi – I’m Ben Gustafson, a Chicago-based film director and cinematographer. From a very early age, I had the opportunity to hang out on film sets with my Dad, who was a producer. This lead to the incredible opportunity to watch & learn from some of the best professionals in the industry — it inspired me.

When I was a child, I would sneak away with the family Hi-8 camera and spend days making short films. In High School, me and my close friends began submitting a few of our films into small film festivals and much to our surprise, we started winning.

At my core, I believe now more than ever Hollywood is in need of hope. I approach the filmmaking process with a passion for moving audiences and telling stories that need a voice in today’s world.

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Film Information

Director: Ben Gustafson
Country: U.S.A.
Year: 2017
Language: English
Runtime: 8 min
Rated: PG


Producer: Ben Gustafson

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