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Benjamin Meade

Birthplace:   Warrensburg, Missouri, USA
The son of a baptist inner city minister, Benjamin Meade grew up in Kansas City under extreme adversity, both financially and culturally. A brain injury at the age of 11 left him unable to speak for nearly two years, forcing him to relearn language skills through cognitive trial and error. He put himself through college by playing in a rock band while pursuing a degree in filmmaking at Central Missouri State University. After graduating in 1977, he was offered an entry level job at Universal in Los Angeles but refused to leave the mid-west hoping for a film community to develop. Discouraged from lack of employment opportunities in the film industry where he lived, he took a job as a financial services consultant with New England Financial and remained there full time for two decades. He made partner of the firm at age 28. The suicide of his younger brother in 1994 forced him to pause and look at his life. He applied to the university once again and earned a masters degree in American History, then a Ph D in Film and Theatre from the University of Kansas in 1999. While at Kansas, he met Stan Brakhage who worked with him in the development of many short experimental films. While presenting a paper in Denmark in 1999, he met Laszlo Tarnay of Pecs, Hungary who invited him to teach there the following year. While teaching, he met Hungarian Filmmaker Andras Suranyi and made the controversial but touching film Vakvagany (2002) in 2001. He completed Das Bus in 2003, and collaborated with crime novelist James Ellroy on Bazaar Bizarre in 2004. His latest film is American Stag (2006). He refers to his work as "experimental documentary".Meade is also founder of Casas Por Cristo, a missions organization that builds nearly 300 homes per year for the poor in Juarez, Mexico. He resides in Lexexa, Kansas (outside of Kansas City)and is Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media at Avila University in Kansas City. He is editor of the Journal of Moving Image Studies for the Center for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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No Score Yet American Stag
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79% CSA: The Confederate States of America
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$0.4M 2005
No Score Yet Bazaar Bizarre
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No Score Yet Das Bus
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No Score Yet The Elders: Alive and Live in Ireland
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