PATTI CAKE$ scooped up by Fox Searchlight at Sundance

Bill Benenson arrived in Park City, Utah for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to the news that his latest film project, PATTI CAKE$ had been acquired by Fox Searchlight for $9.5 million, as confirmed by Variety Magazine. Featuring Australian actress

Nancy Pelosi Hosts Screening of ‘MAKING A KILLING’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a number of her Congressional colleagues hosted a Washington, D.C. screening of Robert Greenwald’s MAKING A KILLING: GUNS, GREED & THE NRA. The film’s Executive Producer Bill Benenson

450,000 Tune Into The Wrap Conversation on Gun Violence

(L-R) Richard Martinez, Bill Benenson, Sharon Waxman , Robert Greenwald   Sharon Waxman, founder and editor-in-chief of The Wrap, hosted a GrillChat on gun violence on  Thursday, June 23rd. Flanked by Robert Greenwald, the director of Making

Deadline.com posts a compelling story on Making A Killing

Deadline.com has just posted an insightful article on Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA, written by its film editor Anita Busch. The story explores the important role the documentary, executive produced by Bill and Laurie Benenson, plays in

Idiris Elba and Abraham Attah walking along road in Beasts Of No Nation

BEASTS OF NO NATION Wins a 2016 Peabody Award!

Benenson Productions is thrilled to announce that Beasts of No Nation was one of 11 honorees to receive the Peabody Award in the Entertainment and Children’s category. The critically acclaimed African civil war drama was cited by the Peabody

Honduran government sponsors Benenson site visit

Throughout the month of January, a team of American and Honduran archaeologists began a systematic excavation of the cache discovered last February at the site originally identified during our lidar survey of 2012. Primary funding and logistical

Idris Elba Makes History at the SAG AWARDS

Benenson Productions is incredibly proud that actor Idris Elba earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beasts of No Nation. Elba fearlessly portrays the Commandant, a local leader of the child army, taking in

UPDATE: The Search For La Ciudad Blanca

Steve Elkins recently visited the staging area at Aquacate and the “lost city” site with a group of Honduran architects, engineers, military, and IHAH personnel.  Much progress is being made in preparation for the upcoming excavations

Media FAQ: Honduran Expedition – February 2015 

Over an 11 day period in February, 2015, an interdisciplinary team of archaeologists and other scientists explored and documented a remote valley in the Mosquitia region of Honduras. Over the next few years, the team will be analyzing and publishing

National Geographic Features Discovery of Lost City

An expedition to Honduras has emerged from the jungle with dramatic news of the discovery of a mysterious culture’s lost city, never before explored. The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the site

PRI Interviews Bill Benenson on Discovery of Lost City

Archaeologists have just completed the first ground exploration of the ruins of a previously unknown city deep in the tropical rainforest of Honduras. “The team was led to the remote, uninhabited region by long-standing rumors that it was the

Beasts of No Nation Streaming Controversy

“Most theaters in the U.S. won’t give screen time to African war drama Beasts of No Nation, the latest film acquired by Netflix in a $12 million deal.” The film, directed by Cary Fukunaga, starring Idris Elba, and listing Bill

The New Yorker Features Lidar Project

The New Yorker mentions Bill Benenson and one of his latest projects, Under the Lidar. “Elkins went out to raise money. He asked the filmmaker Bill Benenson, who was just completing a documentary on the Hadza people of East Africa, to

Hadza Review: The New York Times

Cellphones and the Web? No, Hunting and Gathering In ‘The Hadza,’ Tanzanians Live as They Did Centuries Ago By: Anita Gates If you search for the term hunter-gatherers, you’ll probably end up reading about early human civilization,

Hadza Review: Los Angeles Times

Review: ‘Last of the First’ an academic but valuable look at Africa’s Hadza By Martin Tsai   The Hadza, people who inhabit the Lake Eyasi region of northern Tanzania, trace their lineage to the earliest known ancestors of

The Wrap interviews Bill Benenson on Hadza

Reviewer Greg Gilman writes, “The viewing experience is ripe with wonder, as cameras give audiences a rare chance to observe the Hadza’s hunting trips, foraging methods, organic food preparation, and social interactions, which

Bill Benenson wins Leading Global Thinkers Award

Bill Benenson, who is currently working on a documentary about the search for a lost Pre-Columbian city in Central America using LIDAR technology, was recently awarded the prestigious Leading Global Thinkers Award from Foreign Policy magazine. Learn

Village Voice reviews Hadza

In Bill Benenson’s documentary The Hadza: Last of the First, one of the world’s most ancient and traditionally self-sustaining peoples, the Hadza of Tanzania, are shown in the grip of shifting global forces. One child wears a Chieftains

Dirt! – Official Selection at Sundance and Award Winner!

Mazel tov to our dedicated and wonderful Dirt! team for being an official selection for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film also won several awards, including best documentary at the 2009 Visions/Voices Environmental Film Festival and “Best

Variety calls Dirt! “thought provoking”

Variety writer Andrew Barker reviewed Dirt! The Movie and gave a special shout-out to our fun, light, and informative animation. He notes, “clever animated sequences inject some welcome humor and visual pizzazz.” Thank you, Andrew!