BENJAMIN KASULKE

 

Born: 30 May 1977, Syracuse, N.Y., USA, as Benjamin Francis Kasulke.

Education: Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, MA [1993-95]; Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. [1995-99; BS in Cinema Production]; FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic [1997].

Career: Worked as taxi driver with Ithaca Dispatch [2000-01]. Became negative cutter with The Image Treasury, Seattle, Washington [1999-2005]. Began his shooting career working extensively with the dance film community in the Pacific Northwest and particularly with the Seattle based performance group '33 Fainting Spells'. While employed as the staff cinematographer for the Seattle based Film Company, he began running collaborations with award winning filmmakers Guy Maddin and Lynn Shelton. In 2011, he was invited by the Sundance Institute to join the Feature Film Director's Lab as a doph.

Ph music videos dir by Carlos Lopez, Nick Tamburra, Marie Losier, Lynn Shelton, Dayna Hanson, a.o.

Dir music videos.

Based in Seattle [part-time Seattleite and crucial component of many Northwest films], Los Angeles, and New York.

Awards: Slamdance FF 'KODAK Vision Award for Best Cinematography' [2006] & Toruń FF [Poland] Honorable Mention 'Best Cinematography' [2006] for 'We Go Way Back'; The Seattle Stranger 'Genius Award in Film' shortlist [2007]; Independent Spirit Award nom 'Best Cinematography' [2012] for 'The Off Hours'; Genius Award Film [by the Seattle weekly newspaper 'The Stranger'] [2013].

Twitter: Ben Kasulke


 

 FEATURE FILMS & DOCUMENTARIES

 

[Right] with Guy Maddin - "Brand Upon the Brain!"

Photo by Adam L. Weintraub

 

2005

Brand Upon the Brain! [A Remembrance in 12 Chapters] [Guy Maddin] s8-to-35mm/b&w; + co-2ud

2005

We Go Way Back [Lynn Shelton] c

2006

Pose Down [Erika Yeomans] s16/c/V

2006

Walking to Werner [Linas Phillips] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)-to-35mm/c; doc/93m; cph: L. Phillips; addph: Dayna Hanson & Henry Mumford

2006

My Effortless Brilliance [Lynn Shelton] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)/c; addph: Elie Goral & Lynn Shelton

2006

Nights and Weekends [Joe Swanberg & Greta Gerwig] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)/c; cph: Matthias Grunsky

2007

Blood on the Flat Track: The Rise of the Rat City Roller Girls [Lainy Bagwell & Lacey Leavitt] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/c; doc/95m; co-addph; ph: L. Bagwell

2007

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle [David Russo] c; 2uc (+ co-addph); ph: Neil Holcomb

2007

The Briefs [Lewis Smithingham] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/c; mus doc/70m; cph: L. Smithingham

2007

The One and Only Time [Michelle Witten] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/c

2008

Merely Mouthpiece [Adam Sekular] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c

2008

Calamari Union (Remake) [Richard Lefebvre] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/b&w; remake of 'Calamari Union' (1984, Aki Kaurismäki; ph: Timo Salminen)

2008

97 Percent True [prod: Kate Elmore] ?/c/V; doc/51m; cph: Michael Isabell & Darren Wall; + interview; doc on the making of 'Brand Upon the Brain!' comm by The Criterion Collection

2008

Humpday [Lynn Shelton] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)-to-35mm/c; 2uc: Sean Porter & Megan Griffiths

2008

It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home [Kris Swanberg] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)/c; + co-scrpl

2009

Sebastopol [Dan Gildark] announced in September and organizing a fundraising party, 'A Night in Seattle; A Shoot in Ukraine'; status unknown

2009

Wheedle's Groove [Jennifer Maas] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/c; mus doc/87m; cph: Sean Kirby & Ryan McMackin

2009

The Freebie [Katie Aselton] HD (Sony PMW-EX3)/c; 2uc: Jas Shelton

2009

Scouts Honor: Badge to the Bone [Jesse Bryan] RED/c

2009

The Lie [Joshua Leonard] RED/c; cph: Brigitta Csiki

2010

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye [Marie Losier] HD (Sony HVR-Z1U) (interviews)+16mm (staged + fictional scenes)+s8 (archive)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; doc/72m; HD & 16mm (Bolex; in 2008) ph; cph: M. Losier; prod 2006-2010

2010

The Off Hours [Megan Griffiths] HD (Canon EOS 5D)/c; 2uc: Nathan M. Miller; 'The Off Hours' was made on a budget so low, $35,000, as to qualify as no budget at all. Set in and around an all-night diner somewhere in Nowhereville, it is often very beautiful in contrast to the characters whose lives surround the restaurant. Relying entirely on the lowly Canon 5D Mark II, d.p. Benjamin Kasulke balances the night interiors to the coming dawn with a fine control. His shots are simple and eloquent, and the camera brings extraordinary performances to life. [Stephen Goldblatt, 'Variety', 2012]

2010

Vacationland [Jaime Hook] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c

2010

Keyhole [Guy Maddin] HD (Canon EOS 5D)-to-35mm/b&w-c

2010

The Catechism Cataclysm [Todd Rohal] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c

2010

Your Sister's Sister [Lynn Shelton] HD (Sony PMW-EX3)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c

2010

Barrel of Love/A Love Story [Oleg Dubson] s16/b&w; 75m

2011

Treatment [Steven Schardt & Sean Nelson] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c

2011

The Dude [Jeff Feuerzeig] HD (Panasonic AG-AF100 + Panasonic GL-1)/c; doc/17m

2011

Safety Not Guaranteed [Colin Trevorrow] HD (Sony F3)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c

2011

Improvement Club [Dayna Hanson] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c; 2uc: Jacob Rosen; feature film tracing the fictional creation of Hanson's dance-driven rock musical 'Gloria's Cause' (2010)

2011

Pollywogs [Karl Jacob & T. Arthur Cottam] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c

2012

Touchy Feely [Lynn Shelton] c; 2uc: Nathan M. Miller

2013

Burt's Buzz [Jody Shapiro] c; doc/88m; co-addph; ph: Brian Jackson

2013

Laggies/Say When [Lynn Shelton] 35mm (+ digital)/c; aph: John Trapman

2013

My Last Year with the Nuns [Bret Fetzer] HD/c

2013

Land Ho! [Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens] HD/c; 2uc; ph: Andrew Reed; + small part

2014

The Forbidden Room [Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson] HD (Canon EOS 5D + Sony PMW-F3)-to-digital/b&w-c; 130m; ph Paris; ph Canada: Stéphanie Weber Biron; see Short Films ('Spiritismes', 2012)

2015

Dreamland/MF [Robert Schwartzman] HD (scope)/c; 2uc: Michael Rizzi

2015

Cold November [Karl Jacob] HD (Canon EOS C300)/c

 

 SHORT FILMS

2002

Tribute to Jean-Luc Godard [Gaelen Hanson & Dayna Hanson (33 Fainting Spells)] v/c; dance film/4m

2002

Entry [Gaelen Hanson & Dayna Hanson (33 Fainting Spells)] 16mm/c; dance film/5m

2004

To Wander [Andrew Warren] 16mm/c; 8m

2004

EBE-4 [Dayna Hanson & Linas Phillips] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/c; dance film/6m

2004

The Down and Derby/Roller Derby and You! [Michelle M. Witten] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/c; 8m

2005

The Golden Leaf [Ksenia Oustiougova] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A/c; ?m; unreleased?

2006

Number 5ive [Al'n Duong] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)/c; dance film/8m

2006

If & When [Dayna Hanson] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/c; 12m

2006

Holding This for You [Marissa Niederhauser] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/c; dance film/20m; '[Kasulke] really has a good eye for following movement, and a really good instinct as to where energy is going to travel in the body next. A lot of camera people, when they follow dance, will kind of back up, to try to get the whole picture - which you totally need sometimes! But he's also really good at just being able to follow the energy line.' [Marissa Niederhauser]

2007

Third Days Child [S.J. Chiro] s16/c; 10m

2007

Kisses [?] ?; unreleased

2007

Berlin [?] ?; unreleased

2007

Gold [Mark Mattson] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)/c; 15m

2007

Alchemy of the Oracles [Karn Junkinsmith] 16mm/b&w; dance film/8m

2007

Crustväska [Benjamin Kasulke] mdv (Panasonic AG-DVX100A)/c; 6m; + prod/co-scrpl/ed; comm by the Slamdance Film Festival

2007

Left and Leaving [Jessie Smith] s8-to-?/c; exp dance film/9m

2008

Interpretive Site: Kosmos [Karn Junkinsmith & Adam Sekuler] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c; 6m

2008

CC 2010 [Travis Senger] HD (Panasonic Varicam)/b&w; 12m

2008

Eros [Megan Griffiths] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c; 3m

2008

The Unquiet American [Senhain Kashegi] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)/c; 3m

2008

Parts Don't Work [Kt Niehoff] RED/c; dance film/8m; + prod

2008

Tracings [Marissa Niederhauser] s16/c; dance film/16m

2009

Glorious [Guy Maddin] 16mm/b&w; 12m; part of the musical composition 'No. 43 (Glorious)' for chamber ensemble and film by composer Richard Ayres

2009

Improvement Club [Dayna Hanson] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c; dance film/5m

2009

Night Mayor [Guy Maddin] s8+16mm/b&w; 14m; prod National Film Board of Canada

2009

A Water Tale [SJ Chiro] RED/c; 6m

2009

One Shot Film [Barry Jenkins] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)/c; 6m; part of Northwest Film Forum's 'One-Shot' films project

2009

Interpretive Site: Hanford Reach [Karn Junkinsmith & Adam Sekuler] HD (Canon EOS 5D)/c; 8m; a 'one-shot' dance film (2nd shot after the end titles)

2009

One Two [Curtis Taylor] HD (Sony PMW-EX3)/c; 5m

2009

Fallout [Ben Rekhi] HD (Sony PMW-EX3)/b&w; 13m

2009

Crashing Waves [Britta Johnson] HD (Canon EOS 5D)/c; 7m (stop-motion anim + time lapse ph)

2009

Self [Oleg Dubson] s16/b&w; 20m

2009

One Shot Film [Lisandro Alonso] s16/c; 11m; part of Northwest Film Forum's 'One-Shot' films project

2010

Photo Booth [Timothy Watkins] 35mm scope/c; 18m

2010

Night Falls on Jack and Cleo [Karn Junkinsmith] s16/b&w; 20m; + small part

2010

Lovecraft [Benjamin Kasulke] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c; 6m

2011

The Epiphany [S.J. Chiro] 35mm scope/c; 10m

2011

Focus Woman [Kanako Wynkoop] HD (Canon EOS 7D)/c; 8m

2011

Straight Hustle [Joshua & Bennie Safdie] s16/c; 7m; part of Northwest Film Forum's 'One-Shot' films project

2011

Matt [Oliver Caxe] s16/c; 11m

2012

Spiritismes [Guy Maddin] art installation project (17 short films comm by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France); the shorts were filmed in February/March in Paris in front of a live audience; in July 2013 a second project, 'Séances', was filmed in Montréal, Canada, by doph Stéphanie Weber Biron; these projects will eventually be transformed into a feature-length film; see Feature Films & Documentaries ('The Forbidden Room', 2014)

2012

Laser Blasters [T. Arthur Cottam] HD/c; 2m; ep film series 'Dirty Little Shorts'

2013

Rat Pack Rat [Todd Rohal] scope/c; 19m

2016

Skin [Jessica Makinson] c; 5m

 

 TELEVISION & INTERNET

2007

What the Funny [Lynn Shelton] HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)/c; 11-part (x 10m) web series

2007

Home Wreckers [Grace Kahng] doc/?m/HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)

20??

Bought and Sold In America [Grace Kahng] doc/?m/HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)

2008

Young American Bodies [?] ?-part web series/HD (Panasonic AG-HVX200)

2009

5$ Cover - Seattle [Lynn Shelton] HD (Sony PMW-EX3)/c; footage will be edited for a 12-part series (aired on MTV), webisodes and a feature length film

2010

Mike Pham Profile [Dayna Hanson] item (4m) of May 2010 ep Seattle Channel series 'Art Zone'

2011

The Heart, She Holler [ep #1-6 dir by Vernon Chatman & John Lee] series/HD (Sony PMW-EX3), 2011-present; 1st season, 2011 (6 ep); for Adult Swim

2013

Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend [Seth Barrish] stand-up comedy special/75m/HD; for Netflix

2013

The Heart, She Holler [ep #7-20 dir by Vernon Chatman & John Lee] 2nd season, 2013 (14 ep); see 2011

2013

Review [ep #1-9 dir by Jeffrey Blitz] 22-part series/RED Epic, 2014-17; 1st season, 2014 (9 ep); for Comedy Central

2014

Married [ep #2-10 dir by various] 23-part series/HD, 2014-15; 1st season, 2014 (10 ep); other ph (pilot): David Lanzenberg; for FX Networks

2014

The Heart, She Holler [ep #21-28 dir by Vernon Chatman & John Lee] 3rd season, 2014 (8 ep); see 2011

2015

Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno Live! [Jody Shapiro & (uncred) Tommaso Rossellini] doc/66m; uncred cph: T. Rossellini; add camera: J. Shapiro, Mia Barker, a.o.

2015

Review [ep #10-19 dir by Jeffrey Blitz] 2nd season, 2015 (10 ep); see 2013

2015

Red Oaks [9 ep dir by various] series/HD, 2014-present; 1st season, 2015 (10 ep); other ph: Tim Orr (pilot, 2014); for Amazon Instant Video

2016

M.O.P.Z. [Todd Rohal] tvm/11m (fast-forward film; c. 30m if played at normal speed)/HD; + co-scrpl; for Adult Swim

2016

Red Oaks [10 ep dir by various] 2nd season, 2016 (10 ep); see 2015

2016

Trial & Error [pilot 'Chapter 1: A Big Crime in a Small Town' dir by Jeffrey Blitz] series, 2017-present; 1st season, 2017 (13 ep); other ph: John Tanzer; for NBC-tv

2016

The Suplex Duplex Complex [Todd Rohal] tvm/11m; for Adult Swim

2016

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes [Seth Barrish & M. Birbiglia] stand-up comedy special/70m; filmed 4 & 5 November (Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York); for Netflix

2017

There's... Johnny! [various] 8-part series/HD (ARRI ALEXA), 2017; for Seeso-tv

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1998

Torque [dir; short/4m/16mm] ph: Adam Broomfield; prod Ithaca College Department of Cinema and Photography

1998

Attention Shoppers [Philip Charles MacKenzie] intern; ph: Geary McLeod

1999

Sediment [dir; short/5m/16mm] ph: Sarah Mahle Drabnik; prod Ithaca College Department of Cinema and Photography

2005

Bloody Mary [Richard Valentine] gaffer; ph: Bill Summers

2006

Son of Terror [Antony De Gennaro] lighting cons; ph: Ben Niles; filmed 2006-08

2006

We Never Like Talking About the End [Dayna Hanson] music/dance perf; ph video inserts

2007

Metropole [Brian Ganter & Stephanie Skourtes; doc] co-gaffer; ph: Roy Wilson

2007

Crustväska [dir; + prod/co-scrpl/ph/ed] see Short Films

2010

Lovecraft [dir; + ph] see Short Films

2012

Jimmy P. - Psychothérapie d'un Indien des Plaines/Jimmy P. - Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian [Arnaud Desplechin] c.op 'b' cam (Montana); ph: Stéphane Fontaine