Initial PGF Award: Graduate Film Scholarship, 2006
Ben Steinbauer grew up in Oklahoma and Kansas. He received a B.F.A. in film studies from the University of Kansas. After moving to Austin and working in production, Ben enrolled in the M.F.A. program at the University of Texas at Austin. His shorts have premiered at South by Southwest and the Austin Film Festival, played on PBS, and won awards including Audience Favorite at Cinematexas and First Prize at the Jump Cut Film Festival. The Next Tim Day, Ben’s documentary about a hustler from the Galveston, Texas projects, is being developed into a pilot for a reality television series. Ben currently works as a freelance editor and teaches at UT while shooting his thesis film, a documentary about “The Winnebago Guy,” one of the internet’s most famous videos.