Breakwater Studios

Breakwater Studios An Academy Award® nominated original filmmaking company and a world leader in humanist short-form documentaries. Founded in 2012 by Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneur and director Ben Proudfoot, Breakwater Studios is an Academy Award® nominated filmmaking company.

From partnering with blue-chip brands as a proven alternative to advertising to creating original films seen and enjoyed by millions, Breakwater is emerging as a world leader in humanist short-form documentaries. The studio’s work has been recognized by the Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride, The Webby’s, and the James Beard Foundation among others.

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So honored to announce that THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL has been nominated for this year’s Critics Choice Documentary Awards...
10/18/2021

So honored to announce that THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL has been nominated for this year’s Critics Choice Documentary Awards (@criticschoice) for Best Short Documentary. Thank you to our partners at New York Times Op-Docs (@nytopinion) for helping us champion Lucy’s story. Congrats to all the other nominees!

If you haven’t had a chance to meet Lucy Harris yet, tap the link in bio to watch the film!

So honored to announce that THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL has been nominated for this year’s Critics Choice Documentary Awards (@criticschoice) for Best Short Documentary. Thank you to our partners at New York Times Op-Docs (@nytopinion) for helping us champion Lucy’s story. Congrats to all the other nominees!

If you haven’t had a chance to meet Lucy Harris yet, tap the link in bio to watch the film!

Excited to announce that THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT and the THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE will be playing GlobeDocs Film Fe...
10/07/2021

Excited to announce that THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT and the THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE will be playing GlobeDocs Film Festival 2021! #GlobeDocsFF

WATCH NOW - 'THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL' short subject documentary from The New York Times Op-Docs. She is one of the great...
10/07/2021
The N.B.A. Officially Drafted a Woman in 1977. It Was Me. | 'Almost Famous' by Op-Docs

WATCH NOW - 'THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL' short subject documentary from The New York Times Op-Docs. She is one of the greatest living women’s basketball players. 3 national trophies. Scored the first basket in women's Olympic history. Drafted to the NBA. But have you ever heard of Lucy Harris?

• Winner – Best Documentary Short – 2021 Palm Springs International Film Festival ShortFest
• World Premiere – 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

As a child growing up in rural Mississippi, Lusia “Lucy” Harris often stayed up past her bedtime watching her favorite N.B.A. players, dreaming of one day pl...

09/28/2021

Devon Michael was a rising child actor in the 1990s. Until he auditioned for Star Wars.

For child actor Devon Michael, the coveted role of Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’ hotly anticipated THE PHANTOM MENACE was the part of a lifetime. Chosen as one of George’s final three for the role, Devon recollects the moment that would change his life, and Star Wars history, forever.

Watch THE UNCHOSEN ONE on @nytopinion, link in bio.

Directed by: Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot
In partnership with: @nytopinion

09/28/2021

Devon Michael was a rising child actor in the 1990s. Until he auditioned for Star Wars.

For child actor Devon Michael, the coveted role of Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’ hotly anticipated The Phantom Menace was the part of a lifetime. Chosen as one of George’s final three for the role, Devon recollects the moment that would change his life, and Star Wars history, forever.

Watch THE UNCHOSEN ONE on @nytopinion, link in bio.

Directed by: Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot
In partnership with: @nytopinion

Join the Breakwater family! We are looking for a passionate ARCHIVAL PRODUCER (Freelance)!! Swipe to see job description...
09/01/2021

Join the Breakwater family!
We are looking for a passionate ARCHIVAL PRODUCER (Freelance)!! Swipe to see job description. If this sounds like you, click the #linkinbio for more info!

Join the Breakwater family! We are looking for an ASSISTANT TO THE HEAD OF POST PRODUCTION!! Swipe to see job descriptio...
08/25/2021

Join the Breakwater family!
We are looking for an ASSISTANT TO THE HEAD OF POST PRODUCTION!! Swipe to see job description. If this sounds like you, email [email protected] for more info!

Join the Breakwater family!❤️We are looking for an enthusiastic STUDIO ASSISTANT!! Swipe to see job description. If this...
08/24/2021

Join the Breakwater family!❤️
We are looking for an enthusiastic STUDIO ASSISTANT!! Swipe to see job description. If this sounds like you, email [email protected] for more info!

08/24/2021

He blew the whistle on the Catholic Church in 1995. Why didn’t we listen?

As an investigative reporter, Jason Berry helped expose the catholic church's systematic cover-up of sexual abuse. Somehow it took years for the mainstream media to catch up with the story.

Watch THE FIRST REPORT on The New York Times Opinion Section!!

Directed by: Ben Proudfoot
In partnership with : The New York Times Opinion Section

An honor to announce that A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION has won the Audience Award at the 2021 Woods Hole Film Festival! ...
08/18/2021

An honor to announce that A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION has won the Audience Award at the 2021 Woods Hole Film Festival! Thank you for having us!

An honor to announce that A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION has won the Audience Award at the 2021 Woods Hole Film Festival! Thank you for having us!

A weekend full of beauty✨ with the one and only, Terence Alan Smith, at Outfest! It was beyond incredible to see THE BEA...
08/17/2021

A weekend full of beauty✨ with the one and only, Terence Alan Smith, at Outfest! It was beyond incredible to see THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT on the big screen.

Thank you to Outfest for hosting a screening with such an incredible and inspiring collection of films showcasing the importance of q***r stories. A big congratulations to all the other filmmakers we had the pleasure of screening with!

THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE has hit OVER 1 MILLION VIEWS! 🎉🥳🎊Thank you to #JocelynBellBurnell, for being such a for...
08/10/2021

THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE has hit OVER 1 MILLION VIEWS! 🎉🥳🎊

Thank you to #JocelynBellBurnell, for being such a force of inspiration to many of us around the world.

Thank you to our partner The New York Times Opinion Section and our Breakwater Studios family for making this all happen!

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL has been selected as a #VimeoStaffPick! Thank you Vimeo! A great way to celebrate Lucy's story!
08/06/2021
The Queen of Basketball in Vimeo Staff Picks

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL has been selected as a #VimeoStaffPick! Thank you Vimeo! A great way to celebrate Lucy's story!

She is one of the greatest living women’s basketball players. 3 national trophies. Scored the first basket in women's Olympic basketball at the ‘76…

In just 1 week, our latest film, THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE, has amassed over 600k views and over 4k comments! Joc...
08/04/2021

In just 1 week, our latest film, THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE, has amassed over 600k views and over 4k comments! Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s incredible story has spread wide and far into the universe, where it belongs.
A big THANK YOU from the Breakwater family to every individual that has seen and engaged with the film. SWIPE to see what folks are saying!

Thank You to our partner The New York Times Opinion Section!

How do you make sense of 300,000+ deaths?"One story at a time." - Ben Proudfoot ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We are honored and beyond excit...
07/30/2021

How do you make sense of 300,000+ deaths?
"One story at a time." - Ben Proudfoot
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We are honored and beyond excited to announce that one of our collaborations with @nytopinion, CAUSE OF LIFE, has been nominated for the Emmy's! @televisionacad
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Here's to Calvin, Jerry, Rosary, Angela, and Humberto. Five of many important stories ❤️

How do you make sense of 300,000+ deaths?
"One story at a time." - Ben Proudfoot
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We are honored and beyond excited to announce that one of our collaborations with @nytopinion, CAUSE OF LIFE, has been nominated for the Emmy's! @televisionacad
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Here's to Calvin, Jerry, Rosary, Angela, and Humberto. Five of many important stories ❤️

In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made an astounding discovery.But as a young woman in science, her role was overlooked.Dire...
07/27/2021
Opinion | She Changed Astronomy Forever. He Won the Nobel Prize for It.

In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made an astounding discovery.
But as a young woman in science, her role was overlooked.

Directed by: Ben Proudfoot
In partnership with: The New York Times Opinion Section

Watch FULL FILM here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/27/opinion/pulsars-jocelyn-bell-burnell-astronomy.html

In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made an astounding discovery. But as a young woman in science, her role was overlooked.

07/27/2021

She changed astronomy Forever. He won the Nobel Prize for it.

Jocelyn Bell was a graduate student at Cambridge in 1967 when she pushed through the skepticism from her superiors to make one of the greatest astrophysical discoveries of the twentieth century. While Jocelyn was belittled and sexually harassed by the media, the Nobel Prize was awarded to her professor and his boss.

Watch THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE on @nytopinion, link in bio.

Directed by: Ben Proudfoot
@bgproudfoot
In partnership with: @nytopinion

We are proud to announce that A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION has won the Indy Shorts Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award! Thank ...
07/26/2021

We are proud to announce that A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION has won the Indy Shorts Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award! Thank you Heartland Film, the entire Indy Shorts team, and Greg Sorvig for having us!

We are proud to announce that A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION has won the Indy Shorts Jenni Berebitsky Legacy Award! Thank you Heartland Film, the entire Indy Shorts team, and Greg Sorvig for having us!

Thank you for having THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT!!! BlackStar Film Festival Directed by Whitney Skauge
07/20/2021

Thank you for having THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT!!! BlackStar Film Festival

Directed by Whitney Skauge

Thank you for having THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT!!! BlackStar Film Festival

Directed by Whitney Skauge

We are proud to announce our participation in @heartlandfilm’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival this year- Breakw...
07/13/2021

We are proud to announce our participation in @heartlandfilm’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival this year- Breakwater Studios will have our very own block!

Get your tickets to see:
THE FIRST REPORT
THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT
THE UNCHOSEN ONE
THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL
THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE
Academy Award® nominated A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION

Link in bio!

We are proud to announce our participation in @heartlandfilm’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival this year- Breakw...
07/13/2021

We are proud to announce our participation in @heartlandfilm’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival this year- Breakwater Studios will have our very own block!

Get your tickets to see:
THE FIRST REPORT
THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT
THE UNCHOSEN ONE
THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL
THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE
Academy Award® nominated A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION

Link in bio!

We are proud to announce our participation in the @heartlandfilm’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival this year- Br...
07/13/2021

We are proud to announce our participation in the @heartlandfilm’s Indy Shorts International Film Festival this year- Breakwater Studios will have our very own block!

Get your tickets to see:
THE FIRST REPORT
THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT
THE UNCHOSEN ONE
THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL
THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE
Academy Award® nominated A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION

Link in bio!

We are proud to announce our participation in Heartland Film's Indy Shorts Film Festival this year- Breakwater Studios w...
07/07/2021
The Unchosen One | Spotlight: Oscar-Nominated Breakwater Studios | Indy Shorts Film Festival 2021

We are proud to announce our participation in Heartland Film's Indy Shorts Film Festival this year- Breakwater Studios will have our very own block of short films! Get your tickets to see THE UNCHOSEN ONE, THE SILENT PULSE OF THE UNIVERSE, THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL, THE FIRST REPORT, THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT, and the Academy Award® nominated A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION.

https://watch.eventive.org/indyshortsfilmfestival2021/play/60c7c1af3431d80e8cf02044/60bebb14cde21d00a2ac1d73

For child actor Devon Michael, the coveted role of Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’ hotly anticipated THE PHANTOM MENACE was the part of a lifetime. Chosen as one of George’s final three for the role, Devon recollects the moment that would change his life, and Star Wars history, forever.

07/06/2021

Catch director of THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT @whitneyskauge speak on a panel amongst of other talented directors. Thank you @americanfilminstitute for having us!

Who is Lucy Harris you ask? Watch THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL to find out, link in bio. Thank you to Academy Award® nominate...
06/29/2021

Who is Lucy Harris you ask?
Watch THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL to find out, link in bio.

Thank you to Academy Award® nominated director Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot and our partner @nytopinion @nytimes

Who is Lucy Harris you ask?
Watch THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL to find out, link in bio.

Thank you to Academy Award® nominated director Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot and our partner @nytopinion @nytimes

06/29/2021

Long and tall, and that’s not all*

Meet THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL, link in bio.

Who led her team to three national championships scored the very first basket in the women’s Olympics history and was of...
06/29/2021

Who led her team to three national championships scored the very first basket in the women’s Olympics history and was officially drafted by the New Orleans Jazz un 1977?

Lucy Harris.

The wait is over! Watch THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL on @nytopinion, link in bio.

Thank you to Academy Award® nominated director Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot and our partner @nytopinion @nytimes.

Who led her team to three national championships scored the very first basket in the women’s Olympics history and was officially drafted by the New Orleans Jazz un 1977?

Lucy Harris.

The wait is over! Watch THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL on @nytopinion, link in bio.

Thank you to Academy Award® nominated director Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot and our partner @nytopinion @nytimes.

B E A U T Y: (n) The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind. ...
06/25/2021

B E A U T Y: (n) The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind.
Stay tuned for more beauty coming your way!

Official trailer linked in bio!

B E A U T Y: (n) The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind.
Stay tuned for more beauty coming your way!

Official trailer linked in bio!

06/17/2021

Beauty all around you all weekend! Thank you to @nantucketfilmfestival @framelinefest @americanfilminstitute @roxfilm for having THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT!

We celebrate beauty, #pride, and love this month and every month. Director Whitney Skauge’s hope is to create art that preserves #culture, #history, and the important story of #JoanJettBlakk. Watch THE BEAUTY PRESIDENT at your select film festivals!

Official trailer linked in bio!

06/17/2021

May there be beauty all around!
#HappyPride #Pride #LGBTQHistory #gayhistory #🏳️‍🌈

Official trailer linked in bio!

Can't wait to meet Lucy? We've got exciting stuff coming up... stay tuned! 🏀
06/15/2021

Can't wait to meet Lucy?
We've got exciting stuff coming up... stay tuned! 🏀

Can't wait to meet Lucy?
We've got exciting stuff coming up... stay tuned! 🏀

A wonderful World Premiere weekend for THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL at @tribeca Film Festival! A pleasure to have the Basketb...
06/14/2021

A wonderful World Premiere weekend for THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL at @tribeca Film Festival!

A pleasure to have the Basketball Queen herself, Lucy, and her two daughters, Crystal & Christina join us!

Thank you @tribeca for having us, a true honor and incredible experience for all.

Thank you to our Director @bgproudfoot and our partner @nytopinion

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL premieres at 2021 Tribeca Film Festival today!Want to see THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL? You can still...
06/10/2021

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL premieres at 2021 Tribeca Film Festival today!

Want to see THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL? You can still get your online passes through @tribeca! 

Directed by: Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot 
In partnership with: @nytopinion

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL premieres at 2021 Tribeca Film Festival today!

Want to see THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL? You can still get your online passes through @tribeca! 

Directed by: Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot 
In partnership with: @nytopinion

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL premieres at 2021 Tribeca Film Festival today!Want to see THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL? You can still...
06/10/2021

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL premieres at 2021 Tribeca Film Festival today!

Want to see THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL? You can still get your online passes through @tribeca! 

Directed by: Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot 
In partnership with: @nytopinion

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL premieres at 2021 Tribeca Film Festival today!

Want to see THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL? You can still get your online passes through @tribeca! 

Directed by: Ben Proudfoot @bgproudfoot 
In partnership with: @nytopinion

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Thanks to Ben Proudfoot for stopping by Trail 1033 to discuss the film H.Salt, premiering today at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. Listen to the full interview here ---> https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-7rfjz-a847ac
I have enjoyed a great measure of competition success recently. Colorado International Film Festival. Finalist Best Screenplay. "Jane Austen's Emma" 17 August 2018. EIFA (European Independent Film Awards). Gold Medal . Best Script . "Napoleon" . 28 July 2018. Feel The Reel Film Festival screenplay competition. Overall winner 24th July 2018. "Gold Diggers." Alaska Film Competition. Screenplay Competition Overall Winner of Emerging Talent Award . 19 July 2018 Charlie Chaplin Part 2 Pinnacle Film Awards Gold Medal Best Feature Screenplay "My Sister's Wedding" .30 June 2018 California . International Independent Film Awards .Platinum Award i.e. Overall Winner. Best Screenplay "Gold Diggers" 22 June 2018 . California. European Cinematography Film Festival. Finalist Best Screenplay . "My Sister's Wedding" . 21 June 2018. Turin. Hollywood Just4Shorts FilmFestival Overall winner April 2018 . Best Comedy Short Screenplay "Gold Diggers" . California. Festigious May Competition notified 6th June 2018 Overall winner for "Gold Diggers" California. Hollywood Hills Screenwriting Competition. Overall winner Best Feature Screenplay May 2018 "Napoleon" . California . Eurofest Film Festival St Petersburg 7th May 2018 . Finalist. Best Screenplay "Napoleon" . St Petersburg Russia. LA CineFest Screenwriting Competition Finalist 31st May 2018. Best Screenplay "Napoleon" . California. Cannes Film Festival. Finalist Best Comedy Screenplay. "Charlie Chaplin Part One" notified 9th April 2018 (retrospectively) . I can send you PDFs of any of the above (or any of my other screenplays). If you give a positive response to this email i.e. suggesting I send you some of the material and/or with a view to our moving forward ,and you hear no response from me , please assume I have not in that instance received your reply. And so you could also try me on any of my emails. My complete set of email addresses are- [email protected] and [email protected] and [email protected] and/or text me on +44 7342 965428 As you can see from the above list of recent competition successes, I have a number of screenplays that may be of immediate interest to you . They are : Napoleon, Napoleon II, Napoleon III etc. which is a series of screenplays that to some degree all feature Napoleon Bonaparte. Each takes a wide historical sweep but with the French Revolution at its heart. The first in the series looks at the factors involved in Napoleon's downfall , with his right hand man Fouché as chief antagonist. Comedy. Rampant Entrepreneur- a comedy which follows our hero Bill Whack on his quest to use every means at his disposal to make his fortune. Unfortunately due to his focus on career his beloved Betty takes comfort in the arms of another . His focus then shifts to tracking down the now absentee Betty who has wound up in a tropical 🌴 paradise. Charlie Chaplin Part 1, Charlie Chaplin Part 2- the first two chunks of a trilogy. These first two screenplays follow the early years of Charlie Chaplin , his brother Syd and his parents .primarily in and around Victorian London but extending through to his early Hollywood years. Slapstick Comedy. My Sister's Wedding- a 'who gonna get the girl' romantic comedy with a heist movie thrown in. Andorra is a handsome Australian with some rough edges. Hackman is a more seamless older and initially successful gent. Lucy can't seem to quite make her mind up as to which of these two she has fallen in love with. Her sister April is trying to get Lucy and Hackman back together again. Gold Diggers- charts the fall (and subsequent rise) in the fortunes of a simple straightforward Hollywood A-list movie star Jack Himpelman at the hands of an unscrupulous gold digger until he is taken in hand by one of his adoring fans Giselle and against all odds his career suddenly takes off again in an unexpected fashion. Jane Austen's Emma - hilarious comedy that also oddly follows the astoundingly well observed nature of the first 100 pages of Jane Austen's original. Utterly different from the 1996 movie rendering of this work. Also very willing to undertake rewrite/polish of other persons' screenplays and write bespoke screenplays to order and read and critique other persons' screenplays. Also very happy to edit footage (I edited a fifteen hour TV series in 2009.) Very happy to relocate to Los Angeles. All Warmest Best Wishes, Ian T Burns 🐝🌈🐳
I meant to post this two days ago but the hotel service was pretty awful at state- A year ago tonight myself and an audience full of thespians had the privilege to view a screening of Ben Proudfoot's striking documentary Rwanda & JUliet at the Wisconsin State Thespian Festival. 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the film I met the boy who I would later go on to fall in love with. He was sitting in the audience and went to a school in my own district- and lived five minutes away from me. We met four hours away. After the film we got to Skype with with Ben Proudfoot. The next day we met at a coffee shop on campus, and have been inseparable ever since. Thank you from Austin and myself to everyone at Breakwater Studios, for giving us the canvas to begin painting our beautiful relationship.
MONTAGE: GREAT FILM COMPOSERS AND THE PIANO will be showcased at the Coronado Island Film Festival as part of the "Documentary Shorts One Package", on Friday, November 10 at 10:00am in the "Black Box" Theater inside the Coronado School of the Arts (repeated that evening at 10:00pm) as well as Saturday, November 11 at 4:00pm at the Coronado Middle School. Passes for the festival can be obtained at