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Breakwater Studios An Academy Award® winning 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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In difficult times, we must remember that our work is never over. As Patsy Mink, America’s first Congresswoman of color,...
06/30/2022

In difficult times, we must remember that our work is never over. As Patsy Mink, America’s first Congresswoman of color, reminds us, the individual does count and we can make an impact.

Watch MINK! now at the link in our bio.
#MINK! #THINKMINK #PatsyMink

06/29/2022

A new portrait of Patsy Mink was unveiled last week at the U.S. Capitol by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Her portrait will hang beside fellow trailblazers Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Woman to serve in Congress and Jeanette Rankin, the first woman to ever serve in Congress, and will inspire millions of people who walk through the Capitol in the years to come.

Watch MINK! now:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faL6ERtj5oM

Portrait: Sharon Sprung
Video: Office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Edited by: Sam Vladimirsky
Original score: Katya Richardson

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06/24/2022

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Executive Producer Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ and Academy Award®-winning director Ben Proudfoot are proud to present: MINK!. Watc...
06/23/2022
My Mom Fought For Title IX, but It Almost Didn’t Happen | Op-Docs

Executive Producer Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ and Academy Award®-winning director Ben Proudfoot are proud to present: MINK!. Watch the full film at the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faL6ERtj5oM

This gripping new documentary follows the story of Patsy Takemoto Mink, a Japanese American from Hawaii and the first woman of color elected to the US Congress, on her unlikely rise to power as she coauthors and defends Title IX, signed into law 50 years ago today. Totaling just thirty-seven words, Title IX transformed education and athletics in America for the generations of girls and women it protects. Told by Patsy’s daughter, Wendy, MINK! chronicles the life-threatening car crash that momentarily derailed gender equity in America.

Breakwater Studios is proud to once again partner with our friends at The New York Times Op-Docs as well as Naomi Osaka via her recently launched media company Hana Kuma

#MINK! #THINKMINK #PatsyMink #TitleIX50

Fifty years ago, on June 23, President Richard Nixon signed Title IX, the 37-word snippet within the Educational Amendments of 1972 that prohibits discrimina...

We are thrilled to partner with Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ and her new media company  Hana Kuma on MINK!, a new short doc directe...
06/22/2022
‘MINK!’: Oscar Winner Ben Proudfoot Pairs With Naomi Osaka For Doc On Woman Who Paved Way For Title IX

We are thrilled to partner with Naomi Osaka 大坂なおみ and her new media company Hana Kuma on MINK!, a new short doc directed by Ben Proudfoot premiering on the The New York Times Op-Docs tomorrow!

MINK! chronicles the unlikely ascent of Patsy Mink, America’s first Congresswoman of color, as she battles to defend her greatest legislative achievement, Title IX, from being struck down.

#MINK! #THINKMINK #PatsyMink #titleix50

EXCLUSIVE: MINK!, filmmaker Ben Proudfoot’s follow up to his Oscar-winning documentary short The Queen of Basketball, will launch this week, a project that teams him with tennis star Naomi Osaka an…

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06/17/2022

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We are excited to share that IF YOU HAVE has been recognized as one of the best branded films of the year as a #TribecaX...
06/07/2022

We are excited to share that IF YOU HAVE has been recognized as one of the best branded films of the year as a #TribecaX Award finalist in the Short Film category at the 2022 Tribeca Festival!

We can think of no greater partner to make films with in this moment than UNICEF, and were honored to tell its story on its 75th anniversary.

"If you have generosity, if you have trust, if you have a sense of solidarity, optimism is your destiny."- Kul Gautam, F...
05/17/2022

"If you have generosity, if you have trust, if you have a sense of solidarity, optimism is your destiny."
- Kul Gautam, Former Deputy Executive director of UNICEF and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations

IF YOU HAVE
Watch the full film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB1IMeZBRMs

IF YOU HAVE.Director: Ben Proudfoot Editor: Nick Garnham WrightCo-editor: Cody WilsonAssistant editor: Dylan Chant Onlin...
05/06/2022

IF YOU HAVE.

Director: Ben Proudfoot
Editor: Nick Garnham Wright
Co-editor: Cody Wilson
Assistant editor: Dylan Chant
Online editor: Tyler Ten Haken
Additional editing: Minh Bui

Watch the full film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB1IMeZBRMs

05/04/2022

May the 4th be with you!

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 below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0hqnMUi3NA

Filmed across the globe over five weeks and at the height of the pandemic, IF YOU HAVE is a visual diary chronicling the...
05/03/2022

Filmed across the globe over five weeks and at the height of the pandemic, IF YOU HAVE is a visual diary chronicling the untold story of UNICEF, as it celebrates 75 years of life-changing service.

The full film is available below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB1IMeZBRMs

Meet Florence Netty, a gifted storyteller, mother, and grandmother from Ghana, as she and her family await vaccination.I...
04/28/2022

Meet Florence Netty, a gifted storyteller, mother, and grandmother from Ghana, as she and her family await vaccination.

In a global pandemic, no country is safe until every country is safe. Take a journey across land and time with our newest short documentary IF YOU HAVE, a stunning visual diary chronicling the story of UNICEF and the impact humanity can have when it puts its children first.

Learn more about Florence in IF YOU HAVE, available for free globally on the UNICEF YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB1IMeZBRMs&t=500s

04/25/2022

From the incredible never-before-seen archive of UNICEF, discover this much needed story of optimism and inspiration to millions around the world.

Take a journey across land and time with our newest short documentary IF YOU HAVE, a stunning visual diary chronicling the story of UNICEF and the impact humanity can have when it puts its children first.

Witness this spellbinding and inspirational global tour de force from Academy Award® Winning Director Ben Proudfoot and Executive Producers Orlando Bloom, Sofia Carson, & Lucy Liu

Directed by Ben Proudfoot for UNICEF and UNICEF USA

Featuring Kul Gautam, Agop Kayayan, Florence Netty, Dimitrios Siovas, Cornelius Williams, and Priscilla Wobil

Watch IF YOU HAVE, releasing for free globally on the UNICEF YouTube channel tomorrow in honor of World Immunization Week.

04/22/2022

Witness this spellbinding and inspirational global tour de force from Oscar®-winning director Ben Proudfoot and Executive Producers Orlando Bloom, Sofia Carson & Lucy Liu.

Take a journey across land and time with our newest short documentary IF YOU HAVE, a stunning visual diary chronicling the story of UNICEF and the impact humanity can have when it puts its children first.

Experience the untold story of how UNICEF has innovated and advocated on behalf of the world’s children for over 75 years.
Directed by our very own Ben Proudfoot and made with love by Breakwater Studios in partnership with UNICEF, UNICEF USA & UNICEF Ghana.

Starring Kul Gautam, Agop Kayayan, Florence Netty, Dimitrios Siovas, Cornelius Williams, and Priscilla Wobil

Watch IF YOU HAVE, releasing for free globally on the UNICEF YouTube channel on Monday, April 25, 2022 in honor of World Immunization Week.

Stay tuned for more details.

From Executive Producers Orlando Bloom, Sofia Carson, & Lucy Liu, IF YOU HAVE is a stunning transcontinental tour de for...
04/21/2022

From Executive Producers Orlando Bloom, Sofia Carson, & Lucy Liu, IF YOU HAVE is a stunning transcontinental tour de force that brings the world’s attention to the cause of children. A much needed story of optimism and inspiration to millions across the globe.

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Ben Proudfoot for UNICEF and UNICEF USA, experience a journey across land and time in IF YOU HAVE, releasing for free globally on the UNICEF YouTube channel on Monday, April 25, 2022, in honor of World Immunization Week.

Stay tuned for more details.

We are honored to share that THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL has been nominated for a Peabody Award!Thank you most of all to Ms....
04/13/2022

We are honored to share that THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL has been nominated for a Peabody Award!

Thank you most of all to Ms. Harris and her incredible family. Thank you to our friends at the The New York Times Opinion Section who championed this film from its earliest days. Thank you to Shaquille O' Neal, Stephen Curry and our many incredible collaborators. And thank you to all those who have shown their love and support for Queen Lucy.

Long Live The Queen! 👑
#GOAT #queenofbasketball #lucyharris

In 1992, Terence Alan Smith made a historic bid as America’s first Drag Queen for President. Now, 30 years later, you ca...
04/06/2022

In 1992, Terence Alan Smith made a historic bid as America’s first Drag Queen for President. Now, 30 years later, you can vote for him in the @thewebbyawards!

We are honored to have @thebeautypresidentdoc nominated in the Video- Documentary: Shortform Category this year, alongside @the_queen_of_basketball_doc. Head to the link in our bio to watch the films and cast your vote!

Featuring @terencealansmith

Thank you @hillmangradproductions / @latimesdocs

Thank you to everyone who is helping cement the legacy of Ms. Harris on the pages of American history. As always, there ...
04/02/2022

Thank you to everyone who is helping cement the legacy of Ms. Harris on the pages of American history. As always, there is more work to do. #LongLiveTheQueen #RememberHerName #QueenofBasketball

"Momma, I didn't know you was a star" 👑🏀Lucy Harris' children: Christopher, Christina, Crystal, and Eddie along with Dir...
03/28/2022

"Momma, I didn't know you was a star"
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Lucy Harris' children: Christopher, Christina, Crystal, and Eddie along with Director Ben Proudfoot. Congratulations to all! 🏆

#oscars #oscars2022 #oscarwinner #academyawardwinner #academyaward

03/28/2022

And the Oscar® goes to… 🏆

Director @bgproudfoot dedicates his acceptance speech to female athletes, Lucy Harris, and her family.

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN👑🏀

Director of THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL and CEO of Breakwater Studios, Ben Proudfoot, celebrates short documentaries with th...
03/26/2022

Director of THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL and CEO of Breakwater Studios, Ben Proudfoot, celebrates short documentaries with the internet home of short films, Short of the Week.

Ben advocates for his art form of choice, Short documentaries:“should be about documenting our common human experience. It should be about expanding human imagination. It should be about giving voice where there has been silence. About filling in the elisions in history and offering unimaginable visions of the future. About using stories to expand the human heart and mind and set the spirit free.”

“And I’m here to assert that there’s nothing small or less about short.”

@bgproudfoot @shortoftheweek

03/22/2022

Lucy in the sky ❤️

👑THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL🏀
for your consideration

03/22/2022

Lucy in the sky ❤️

👑THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL🏀
for your consideration

“The Queen of Basketball turns out to be the “Hidden Figures” of hoops, telling the tale of the late, great Lusia “Lucy”...
03/21/2022

“The Queen of Basketball turns out to be the “Hidden Figures” of hoops, telling the tale of the late, great Lusia “Lucy” Harris, whose smiling face repeatedly appears staring out at us and supplying amusing commentary." - James Verniere from the @bostonherald
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That she does 🙂

THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL 👑🏀
for your consideration

Directed by @bgproudfoot
Executive Produced by @stephencurry30 @shaq
Presented by @nytopinion
Made by @breakwaterstudios

03/18/2022

For @shaq Lucy’s story is not just about one basketball great recognizing another- he wants the film to speak beyond that. Shaq expands on one particular takeaway for young women he finds important, one that he hopes his daughters will resonate with.

Shaq, much like the rest of Team Lucy, sees the unfinished work and he is dedicated to mending this gap.

Thank you for having us @npr!

#ForLucy #TeamLucy #QueenOfBasketball #LongLiveTheQueen #shaq #npr

We are still stunned by @stephcurry30’s QUEEN LUCY swag from last night’s game!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀LONG LIVE THE QUEEN 👑🏀
03/17/2022

We are still stunned by @stephcurry30’s QUEEN LUCY swag from last night’s game!!
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LONG LIVE THE QUEEN 👑🏀

03/17/2022

As we enter the first day of the Academy Awards® voting period we’d like to say a big THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to all that have supported THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL. The mission has always been to share Lucy’s story wide and far, continue the work she started, and mend that gap. Thank you to all who have supported that mission.

Today, we humbly submit
THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL
for Best Documentary Short Subject

What do you say, let’s give Lucy one more shot?

From Breakwater Studios
Director @bgproudfoot
Executive Producers @shaq @stephencurry30
Partner @nytopinion

3 basketball greats, here to share Lucy Harris' story. A story that speaks beyond basketball. A story that makes history...
03/16/2022

3 basketball greats, here to share Lucy Harris' story.
A story that speaks beyond basketball.
A story that makes history.
A story that paved the way for so many.
A story that should be known by every American.
Hear this story told by the legend herself, film linked in bio.
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THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL
Directed by: @bgproudfoot
EP: @shaq @stephencurry30
Presented by: @nytopinion

@queen_of_basketball_film

A stunning of Lucy Harris on a full page in the New York Times paper, smiling as always. Thank you @nytopinion for your ...
03/15/2022

A stunning of Lucy Harris on a full page in the New York Times paper, smiling as always. Thank you @nytopinion for your continuous support in making Lucy's story known.
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#ForLucy #QueenOfBasketball #FYC

We present you, #TEAMLUCY 👑🏀#LongLiveTheQueen #shaq #stephcurry #QueenOfBasketball
03/10/2022

We present you, #TEAMLUCY 👑🏀

#LongLiveTheQueen #shaq #stephcurry #QueenOfBasketball

Absolutely beyond honored to welcome @stephcurry30 to join @shaq as Executive Producer on THE THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL! T...
03/09/2022

Absolutely beyond honored to welcome @stephcurry30 to join @shaq as Executive Producer on THE THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL! Together, we will continue to amplify Lucy Harris and her legacy. A big Thank You to both basketball icons for teaming up with us to honor Lucy. #FORLUCY 👑🏀

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL.

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#INSYNC This month, we caught up with #vcmember Ben Proudfoot, director of the Academy Award-winning short “The Queen of Basketball.” 🏀 Ben’s production company, Breakwater Studios (Breakwater Studios), specializes in humanist short-form documentaries. #INSYNC host Nikita Mandhani and Ben talk about character-led filmmaking, interview framing, and making real people’s stories of resilience come to life on phone screens. “When you change the frame, you evoke an entirely different universe, which is a very personal, expressive, emotional universe.” — Ben Read the post at the link in, and don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter for next month’s interview! 👀 https://www.videoconsortium.org/blog/2022/5/3/in-sync-ben-proudfoot ++ The Academy The New York Times Opinion Section
Three college championships. 🏆 First points scored in Olympic women's basketball history. 🏅 First and only woman officially drafted by NBA. 🏀 👑 material. THE QUEEN OF BASKETBALL, executive produced by Shaquille O' Neal and Stephen Curry, is a #PeabodyNominee! Watch and learn more about the engrossing profile of the late great Lusia “Lucy” Harris. Breakwater Studios Op-Docs #QueenOfBasketball #StoriesThatMatter #HERstory
Today for World Immunization Week, we share ‘If You Have,’ a new documentary from Academy Award-winning director Ben Proudfoot and Breakwater Studios. This film celebrates UNICEF's history through the decades, featuring unsung heroes and untold stories. Watch the full film here: https://bit.ly/3ELGzE5
This weekend Charles Yang performs American film composer Kris Bowers’ ‘For a Younger Self’ with the Naples Philharmonic and conductor Carlos Izcaray. Bowers’ violin concerto, written for Charles, “traces the process of breaking into new spaces through generations of sacrifice that came before him, focusing on the story of his grandfather Horace Bowers. As a young man, he left his home in the Jim Crow South, eventually ending up in Los Angeles. Encountering discrimination at every turn, he and his wife, Alice, nevertheless made a life as business owners.” (The New York Times) Breakwater Studios film short ‘A Concerto is a Conversation’ was featured at 2021 Sundance Film Festival and nominated for The Academy awards. . #ArtisNaples #NaplesPhilharmonic #CharlesYang Charles Yang Musicn #CarlosIzcaray Izcaray Carlos Artis-Naples Kris Bowers #KrisBowers #TimeForThree #musiclovers #classicalmusic #crossovermusician #naplesfl #thingstodoinnaples #hollywood #bridgerton #netflix #filmmusic
We're kicking off Season 9 of The Webby Podcast with a special roundtable on the 26th Annual Webby Awards Nominees! Host David-Michel Davies is joined by Claire Graves and Steve Marchese for a look at just a few of their favorite Nominees from this year, including: ⭐️ Spotify 2021 Wrapped by Spotify ⭐️ The Lost Class by Leo Burnett Chicago ⭐️ The New Normal by Schema Design ⭐️ Last Day: Trauma by Lemonada Media ⭐️ The Queen of Basketball by Breakwater Studios ⭐️ Effin' Birds ...and more! Listen at wbby.co/369NVEu, and don’t forget to vote for your favorites at wbby.co/vote. 👏🔥✨
Congratulations to Ben Proudfoot and Breakwater Studios who won an Oscar Sunday night for Best Short Documentary, for the 22 minute film, The Queen of Basketball. https://bit.ly/3qLxbdW. Angels' relationship with Ben started several years back when he produced this video highlighting one of our amazing Resource Families. https://bit.ly/3tOuGtj
Long live the Queen! Congratulations to The Queen of Basketball for winning the Oscar for Best Short Documentary at the 94th Academy Awards. Cheers to this 2021 Naples International Film Festival film for its remarkable achievement—and congratulations to the rest of the winners as well! #ArtisNaples #IAmNIFF #NIFF Breakwater Studios #TheQueenOfBasketball The Academy #AcademyAwards #OscarWinner @bgproudfoot @shaq
Congratulations to our PSIFF 2022 honorees, PSIFF 2022 alumni, and ShortFest 2021 alumni on their Academy Awards! #PSIFF2022 #ShortFest2021 #Oscars #AcademyAwards #JessicaChastain #TheEyesofTammyFaye #WillSmith #KingRichard #JaneCampion #ThePoweroftheDog #Belfast #KennethBranagh #TheQueenofBasketball #DriveMyCar #TheLongGoodbye #RizAhmed Jessica Chastain The Eyes of Tammy Faye Searchlight Pictures Entertainment Tonight American Express Netflix The Power of the Dog Focus Features Belfast Movie WillSmith King Richard Film Warner Bros. Pictures Riz Ahmed #somesuchandco Breakwater Studios
Congratulations to Pinwheel Horizon's Director of Photography Haley Watson and Colorist Stephen Derluguian for their work on The Queen of Basketball—which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject last night! The Queen of Basketball explores the life of pioneering athlete Lusia Harris. Don't miss the film on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPFkcoTfr7g Photo credit: Breakwater Studios / The Queen of Basketball
Congratulations to Breakwater Studios on the Oscar win! We remember shooting a pilot with Ben Proudfoot many years ago, and it's no surprise he made such a compelling documentary. Watch it!
Oscar-nominated director Ben Proudfoot (Breakwater Studios) responds to changes in the Oscar ceremony with an impassioned defense of the short documentary, in this guest op/ed.
It’s not every day we can say one of our videos was produced by a two-time Oscar nominee from #Halifax, #NovaScotia. 🎬 Huge congratulations to Ben Proudfoot of Breakwater Studios on his recent #Oscar nomination for the Documentary Short Film Category for The Queen of Basketball. Watch Ben's Oscar-nominated film here https://bit.ly/3gRRoJu The team at Breakwater Studios not only produce incredible short video content for #NSBusinesses https://bit.ly/3sFEZxV, but Ben also offers guidance and support to local entrepreneurs as a Global Advisor for #NSBI's #Scotians Global Advisor program. #NSBusiness #NSFilm
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Congratulations to the short films from our #ShortFest2021 lineup on their 2022 Oscar nominations! The Queen of Basketball Three Songs for Benazir When We Were Bullies Affairs of the Art BoxBallet The Long Goodbye On My Way Please Hold #94thAcademyAwards #PSIFF2022 #Oscarnominations #Oscarnoms Breakwater Studios
From the aftermath of World War II to today's fight against the pandemic, UNICEF has been there for vulnerable children. 'If You Have,' an inspiring documentary from Academy Award-nominated director Ben Proudfoot and Breakwater Studios, explores this 75-year legacy as told through the eyes of those who were there. Join us for the premiere in select cities or virtually on November 30, Giving Tuesday. Info and tickets 👉 https://www.unicef75celebration.org/ #UNICEF75
After a lovely week at DOC NYC were following the snowbirds south to Key West Film Festival Were playing alongside some incredible films!!! @bgproudfoot Breakwater Studios @ciaraleilacy @amarchebib @joebuffalofilm @rachelroseknoll @keywestfilmfestival https://keywestff.com/event/documentary-shorts-2021/ #snowbirds #keywest #filmfestival