Benedict Hadley is a Prolific Polymath, Film Maker and Artist. His work focuses on the human spirit and it's connection to the creator and the subsequent reactions to stimuli in the built and natural environment that have taken form in works of film, painting, public art, fashion based sculpture and educational programs.
His work is vivid, visceral, complex and highly spiritual in origin. From Brooklyn, NY his practice currently maintains a theme that leverages a body of work of and about the culture of African American youth in the inner city and aims, in part, to speak to and for the inner city and it's at risk youth in particular in regards to empowering their role in their immediate community and society at large. By creating work, with, for and in the inner city he creates a tangible example and opportunity of engagement to these youth of what they can be, what their environment can be with their participation and how the work that they create can manifest economic value for themselves and their community.
Benedict is a accomplished and respected film maker and editor whose work has been screened worldwide, namely at The Cannes Film Festival and New York Fashion Week and His commercial art and films includes work for JAY Z, Francis Ford Coppola, PBS, June Ambrose, John Ziesel, Aliya LeeKong and The Urban League amongst many others.
Benedict Hadley x Bijou
Wall Covering collaboration
Featured in Contract Magazine's
Global Design issue.
Conceived and attempted to erect large painting & digital
projected art board in East Orange NJ.
Commissioned by the Urban League of Essex County Thrift Works to paint large scale indoor
mural overnight as part of East Orange EDC Pop up Retail Space.
"The Power of 100
mobile phone film
at Urban Leauge
of Essex County
to teach teens
records the art of
New Ark Fellowship, a 14 day intensive youth empowerment program
focused on the arts and African Awareness,Year 2
Screened "The National Anthem" at the City Without Walls Gallery, Newark NJ.
Partnered with Growing4ward to bring 30+ Newark teenagers to Howard University and The Congressional Black Caucus in Washington DC.
Conceived and executed The New Ark Fellowship
in conjunction with community leaders
& Essex County College's Africana Institute.
The program focuses on empowering the youth with training &
tools in mobile device cinematography and theory, architecture,
finance, community development,mental health &
Nominated for Harvard Loeb Fellowship.
Commissioned by Urban League of Essex County to create promotional film for their upcycling social enterprise,Thrift Works.
Block Hack 3. Constructed several outdoor multi medium and performance installations of art for sale with family across from the Whitney Museum NYC over the course of several weeks in the Summer. Artist David Hammons and Caroline Biden attend.
Produced and Co-Directed "Cyber Sex: The Play" at the Clemente Soto Velez Center NYC.
Participated in the group exhibition "Collective Repercussion" in NYC. Part of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Uptown Art stroll.
Self Published "The 300" Avant Garde Photo book and Collection
Conceptualized "Corporate Bonds: A month long celebration of employee creativity" at Oppenheimer and Co. 85 Broad Street, NYC
Created and Executed "Black Hack 1 & 2" . A well planned and permitted public arts exhibition in
Washington Heights NYC. Artist Saul Williams attends.
Film Editor and Poster Design for "W8" starring Michael Kenneth Williams. A Cannes Film Festival official Selection.
Nominated for Harvard Loeb Fellowship
Developed and implemented Producer, Editor, Director curriculum for Hearthstone Alzheimer Care.
Trained staff on site in Woburn, Ma.
Exhibition "Benedict Hadley + KIKROX" In Jersey City, NJ. Part of city wide "JC Fridays"
Screened "The National Anthem" as part of the Tribeca Grand Hotel "Grand Life Series" during New York
Private screening of film "The National Anthem" to Canal + at the Cannes Film Festival
Directed and Edited the Film "Rocawear: Marcy to Mountain Top" Featuring JAY Z and Naomi Campbell.
Premieres at New York Fashion Week.
Directed, Produced, Wrote and Edited
"The National Anthem" a 25 minute silent film scored by
Interpol band member Carlos Dengler.
Created commercial art work for Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope and Zoetrope
Graduate The High School of Art & Design, NYC.
Internship at Walter Foster Publishing, Readers Digest inc. Westport, CT.
Brooklyn New York.
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