Filmmaker Ben Proudfoot was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His father is a trial lawyer and his mother is a sociology professor.
At the age of 15, Proudfoot began studying sleight-of-hand magic and over the next three years, won both the Canadian and International Championships for legerdemain. At 16, he joined the Magic Castle Junior Program in Los Angeles, traveling to meetings several times a year from Canada with earnings from childrens' birthday parties.
In his last year of high school, Proudfoot's passions shifted to filmmaking and was subsequently accepted to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.
In 2011, Proudfoot wrote and directed the short film Dinner with Fred, a 23-minute epic shot on 35mm film which boasts a sequence with a period steam train and a full orchestral score recorded by John Williams' principal players. Dinner with Fred garnered (among others) two Best Director awards and a qualification for the 2012 Academy Awards© for Best Live Action Short Film.
Before graduating from USC cum laude in May 2012, Proudfoot directed a short documentary entitled ink&paper that found an international audience of over one million people on Vimeo. Off the success of ink&paper, Proudfoot penned a deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop ink&paper into a television series about young craftspeople taking up the dying torch of traditional crafts.
Proudfoot, 21, currently resides in Los Angeles and is developing his next project, a feature film set in Michigan. Both Dinner with Fred and ink&paper are screening daily at an altitude of 32,000 feet aboard all Air Canada flights until October, 2012.