What does it really mean to keep an open mind? For Ben Estabrook, it wasn’t just trying something new or even changing his mind – it was falling into an incredible passion for something he didn’t even know existed.
Ben is a screendance artist, lecturer at UC Berkeley, and founding member of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. With a resume like that, you’d think he was a born-and-raised dance artist – but the truth is that he’d never even heard of screendance until halfway through his college career. Throughout his career, Ben has become a wealth of knowledge in the world of screendance, video production, and finding passion in your career, and today he’s sharing his tips, tricks and advice. Join us on this episode to hear about Ben’s creative process, the most important thing he teaches to his students, and having a healthy relationship to failure.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ben Estabrook specializes in capturing dance on camera. He was the director of photography for films that have screened at Cinedans, Dance on Camera, Dance Camera West, Sans Souci, and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. His work has screened internationally in Poland, Cuba, Belgium, Scotland, Chile, Sweden, Hong Kong, and India.
He is a lecturer at UC Berkeley where he has taught Film Production for Dance and Movement and Video Production for Performance and has given guest lectures on screendance at Stanford University, Young Artist Platform of Dance in Beijing, Southwest University in Chongqing, Mills College, and Brigham Young University. He helped to found the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, for which he is the resident workshop instructor. In 2015 he attended the first Symposium for Teachers of Screendance led by Doug Rosenberg and Katrina McPherson at the American Dance Festival. Additionally, he has participated in dance film workshops with Thierry de Mey (2018 and 2007) and Katrina McPherson (2017 and 2011).
His interest in screendance led him to the University of Utah, where he studied under Ellen Bromberg and graduated with an MFA in Film & Media Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Screendance in 2014.
Learn more about Ben at www.benestabrook.com