Ben Estabrook



Ben Estabrook, a San Francisco Bay Area native, specializes in capturing dance on camera. His interest in screendance led him to the University of Utah, where he graduated with an MFA in Film & Media Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Screendance in 2014.  He helped to found the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, for which he is the Technical Director, resident workshop instructor, and a programming committee member.  He taught Film Production for Dance and Movement at UC Berkeley in the summer of 2017, and he has given guest lectures on screendance at Stanford University, Mills College, and Brigham Young University. In 2015 he attended the first Symposium for Teachers of Screendance led by Doug Rosenberg and Katrina McPherson at the American Dance Festival. Additionally, he has participated in dance film workshops with Thierry De Mey and Katrina McPherson.

He was the director of photography for films that have screened at Cinedans, Dance on Camera, Dance Camera West, Sans Souci, and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. His work has screened internationally in Poland, Cuba, Scotland, Chile, Sweden, Hong Kong, and India.  In 2012, he worked in Scotland with Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes on The Time It Takes. His work on the theatrical version of Reflections was nominated for an Izzie in 2011 for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.  Dance film distributor TenduTV selected The Nightingale, a film he shot in 2010, as part of its “Essential Dance Film” series. In 2010, he worked with Victoria Marks and Margaret Williams on Life Study #1.  He has also shot screendance for ODC/Dance, Project Bandaloop, Little Seismic Dance, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Fauxnique, and Paul Festa.