Benjamin Flaherty is a multi-faceted director, who has lived and worked in New York, Berlin, Los Angeles and Chicago, bringing a global perspective to his work.
His PSA “Nobody’s Memories” for PFLAG was awarded a Silver Lion in Film at the 2015 Cannes Lions and in 2016 his PSA “Keep Farts Funny” for Meredith’s Miracles was awarded the Bronze Lion. Beyond Cannes, his commercial work has been awarded at D&AD, One Show and Clio.
After attending a military high school, Ben received a BA in Psychology and Writing from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, a college originally founded by Allen Ginsberg and a Buddhist monk as a summer writing program in 1974. As his thesis, Ben wrote a film, based on a bedtime story his dad told him when he was young, Tuscaloosa. While admittedly not a great film, the experience was everything. He knew what he wanted to do.
Self taught, Ben cut his teeth making films in NYC from 2003 – 2008, directing, shooting and editing content for brands like Nike, Vogue, Sundance Channel and Zac Posen. He was the editor on Lou Reed’s Berlin, a 2006 feature-length concert documentary directed by Julian Schnabel.
In addition to his commercial work, he is currently developing two feature films.