Mark Benjamin
Jamie Lustberg

Jamie Lustberg, producer/director, and Mark Benjamin, director/cameraman, are a husband and wife team in New York City. They have been working together for the past 15 years creating films for: The Disney Channel, HBO/Cinemax, HBO Family, Mattel/Fisher-Price and PBS.

Over the last 30 years Mark Benjamin has built his reputation through an allegiance to film and television.  Director cameraman Benjamin has created numerous independent films, eight Bill Moyer’s documentaries, six National Geographic films and ten films for HBO, and ABC, CBS, NBC, TBS, and the Discovery Channel. Benjamin’s first filming assignment was the war in the Middle East in 1973 where he worked as a combat cameraman for NBC News in the Sinai Desert.

His credits include directing and shooting the Robert Downey Jr.feature documentary “The Last Party”. This film opened theatrically and has run on cable for years. Recent films shot by Benjamin are the “CIA America’s Secret Warriors”, on Discovery Channel, awarded a Columbia Du Pont Award, HBO’s  “Prisoners of the War on Drugs”, HBO’s  “Gang War-Banging in Little Rock” awarded the ACE award for best documentary, HBO’s “Texas” Death Machine”, HBO’s “Thug Life in DC”, a National Emmy best documentary film, “Soldiers in the Army of God” and many more.  Benjamin’s camera operated the cult classic “Mondo New York” and won the International Emmy for best documentary series “A Time of Aids” broadcast on the Discovery Channel. 

Of the hundreds of films Benjamin has worked on many have received awards and citations, among them 10 National Emmy awards.  He won the CINE Golden Eagle for the National Geographic film “The Atocha”.  Benjamin’s film “Puerto Rico”, shot and directed by him, which is part of the series “Portrait of America” on TBS, was the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award.  Emmy award winning HBO Boxing, and HBO Real Sports show openings are designed / directed / shot by Benjamin.

Benjamin is a director cameraman on many National TV commercials with an extensive list of award winning spots. He has worked as a signed commercial director at both Maysles Films and Screen Gems.  He won the International Clio Award for a UFO Jeans spot.  Clients include, BP, Coca Cola, Nissan, Lexus, DuPont, United States Postal Service and many others.

Benjamin photographed films have been screened at the Sundance, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Houston, Berlin and London film festivals and the Benjamin directed film “Jerusalem Peace” was part of the New Directors series at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  Benjamin has been the second unit cinematographer for noted directors such as Oliver Stone, William Friedkin, and Peter Bogdanovich. Martin Scorsese’s series “The Blues” has one show shot by Benjamin.

The Sundance Grand Jury Prize for best dramatic film and the Cannes Film Festival Camera D’Or went to “Slam” with cinematography by Benjamin.   Andrew Sarris wrote in the New York Observer that “Mark Benjamin’s color cinematography makes “Slam” an exhilarating viewing experience and reminds him of Luchino Visconti’s “The Earth Trembles”. Long time collaborators, Benjamin was the cinematographer on the Marc Levin directed Fox Searchlight picture “Whiteboys” staring Danny Hoch and the feature “Brooklyn Babylon” from Artisan.  “Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop” the feature, was produced, directed and lensed by Benjamin.   2001 had Benjamin/Lustberg making the Disney documentary special “School’s In” and the Don King China fight film.  2002 had MB directing the Nat Geo special “Attack on the Pentagon” after 911 & the HBO prison doc “Going Home” which was short listed for the 2003 Oscar documentary short category. 2003 had Benjamin/Lustberg do a child development DVDs series for Mattel/Fisher Price . 2004 Benjamin was DP on the Norman Lear/HBO special with André 3000 of Oukast. “Protocols Of Zion” was the Benjamin DP’ed film premiering in 2005 at the Sundance &  Berlin film festivals.   HBO’s Peabody Award winning ‘Music in Me’ series has four segments directed by Benjamin premiering in ’07. For '08 release Mark Benjamin directed the Frank Capra Jr. - Screen Gems produced film for the US ARMY Special Forces/Green Berets, "WHY WE FIGHT NOW", about the global war on terror.