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My self-summary
Hey there, I'm Ben. I'm an award-winning screenwriter currently producing my first major short film, based on a sci-fi/fantasy script I wrote. I love philosophy, science, animals, the outdoors, consider myself spiritual but not religious. and am a socially-conscious progressive.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm working on a new screenplay and running a Kickstarter campaign right now. I also tutor high school kids and do freelance editing and I teach a course on screenwriting at the local adult school.
I’m really good at
Sculpting and drawing, discussing politics, theory, art, history. I'm very well informed about world religions and spirituality, and have studied yoga, tai chi, reiki, and shiatzu massage.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair, I think.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Contact, Last and First Men, As a Driven Leaf, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, American Pastoral, American Gods, Foundation, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Grapes of Wrath, The Left Hand of Darkness, John Dies at the End, The Man in the High Castle, Celluloid Heroes and Mechanical Dragons, Calvin and Hobbes, Sandman, Understanding Comics, The Empty Chair, The Passion of the Western Mind, Hearts in Atlantis, Wicked, The Lucifer Principle, Hearts in Atlantis, The Stand, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, The Bible, Ender's Game, Watership Down, The Last Temptation of Christ, Techgnosis, The Once and Future King, Fragile Things, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Flicker

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Forrest Gump, Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Brazil, The Life of Brian, Shawshank Redemption, Jaws, Cast Away, AI, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, The Abyss, Fantasia, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, The Truman Show, Jurassic Park, E.T. Chinatown, Rushmore, Schindler's List, Apocalypse Now, Star Wars

Paul Simon, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses, the Beatles, The Stones, the Who, The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, REM, The Talking Heads, Bob Marley, Elton John, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Gershwin, Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

Chinese, Indian, Ethiopian, Mediterranean, Thai, Moroccan, Vegan, fusion-y, home-cooked
Six things I could never do without
Friends and family
A belief in something greater than myself
A sense of purpose
I spend a lot of time thinking about
my current writing, the direction and meaning of history, my current impact (or lack thereof) on the world around me, people I care about
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't have a typical Friday night right now.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder Crohn's disease when I was 9 years old. Consequently, I was sick - and in and out of hospitals - a lot during my adolescence. After a major surgery at 18* (where they removed a foot of my small intestine), and learning that I was/am allergic/sensitive to gluten (sigh...), I have been symptom free for 11 years and counting!

*yep, I've got a cool scar.
You should message me if
You have a curious mind and a good heart.
The two of us