Benjamin Pascoe, MFA

Associate Professor Phone 816-501-0425

Benjamin Pascoe is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed, produced and edited a variety of films that have screened for enthusiastic audiences around the world. His foundation is in narrative storytelling, but Ben has developed a taste for both experimental and documentary works. His most recent feature film, LEAVE IT ON THE TRACK, a documentary exploring roller derby culture in Austin, Texas, enjoyed a lengthy run on the festival circuit, including a celebrated world premiere at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival. 

One of Ben’s current projects, POLAROID YES, an animated film shot with actual Polaroid photographs, has been screening internationally and online over the past year and has recently won “Best Short Film – Genre Experimental Film” at the Lime Light Film Contest.  

Ben has always been interested in teaching, but his spark was reignited while living and working in Austin, Texas. As an instructor for the Austin Film Society, he helped high school students write, shoot and edit their own short films. Ben found this to be an extremely rewarding experience and he decided on a career path that would offer him the best of both worlds: “Avila University encourages excellence in the classroom as well as professional development from their faculty. I fell into a wonderful opportunity here; one that will allow me to grow as an artist, and one that will enable me to guide our young filmmakers in their intellectual and creative development.” 

Since joining the VisCom team at Avila University, Ben has come up with a set of priorities. At the very top of that list are his students: “I have spent my life developing a certain set of tools. Now I have the chance to share my knowledge and influence the next generation of storytellers, as we collaborate and discover new paths together.” 

Benjamin Pascoe’s Productions:

Fundamentals of Communication
Principles of Editing & Audio
Advanced Production
Urban Culture: Kansas City
Senior Seminar
Birth of Cinema
World Cinema
B.F.A. Texas State University
M.F.A. Ohio University

Polaroid Yes (short film)

- Official Selection – Short CineFest - Season 13 – 2021
- Official Selection – Imaginary Mind Film Contest – 2021
- Official Selection – Lime Light Film Contest – 2020
- (Winner- Best Short Film – Genre Experimental Film)
- Official Selection – Blu-Hill Film Festival - 2020
- Official Selection – Redwood Film Festival – 2020
- Official Selection – Squat Betty Avant Garde Film Festival – London, England, 2020
- Official Selection – The Film Contest – 2020
- Official Selection – Oaxaca Film Festival – Oaxaca, Mexico, 2019
- Official Selection – MoziMotion Film Festival – North Holland, Netherlands, 2019
- Official Selection – DMOFF (Direct Monthly Online Film Festival)– 2019
- Official Selection – Feel the Reel International Film Festival – Glasgow, Scotland, 2019
- Official Selection – Fotogramma d’Oro International Film Festival – Messina, Italy, 2019

Leave It on the Track (documentary feature film)

- Official Selection – New York City Independent Film Festival 2013
- Official Selection – PollyGrind Film Festival 2013
- Official Selection – The Boonies International Film Festival 2013
- Official Selection – San Antonio Film Festival 2013
- Official Selection – John Hopkins Film Festival 2013
- Official Selection – Garden State Film Festival 2013
- Official Selection – All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival 2012
- Official Selection – Kansas International Film Festival 2012
- Official Selection – Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012

Empathy (short film)

- Official Selection - Burbank International Film Festival 2010
- Official Selection - Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival 2010
- Official Selection - Cleveland International Film Festival 2009
- Official Selection - Dam Short Film Festival 2009
- Official Selection - Athens International Film Festival 2009
- Orlando Film Festival 2009
- Award of Merit - The Indie Fest 2008

See Saw (short film)

- Official Selection - Dam Short Film Festival 2009

The Krone Experiment (feature film)

- Official Selection - Sci-Fi-London Film Festival 2008
- Official Selection - Nudge 1.5 Digital Film Festival 2005
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