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
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,