Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt (USA)

Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt directed, shot, produced and edited Lumo, a documentary that won a Student Academy Award-Oscar®. He served as the co-producer and additional editor of Control Room, and the associate editor of Valentino: The Last Emperor. He wrote, directed, produced and edited Les vulnérables, the closing night short of the New York Film Festival and a grand jury prizewinner at AFI Dallas International Film Festival. He most recently edited and produced a documentary about a volcano expedition in the Congo for National Geographic, and is now co-directing and editing a documentary on fashion legend Diana Vreeland. Bent-Jorgen has also directed, produced and edited films for organizations including UNICEF, UNIFEM, AMC, MTV, Interview Magazine, the New York Academy of Medicine, HelpAge, HEAL Africa and Market Road Films. He is a member of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and a recipient of a Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant for his script On the Left. He has taught at Columbia University and all over Africa for organizations including Mira Nair’s Maisha Film Lab and Peter Gabriel’s WITNESS. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Film Directing from Columbia University.

On the Left — A Cuban American teen accompanies his professor father on a study abroad program in Cuba and defies him by getting swept up in the romance of a youth movement.