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For almost a decade, Ben Henretig has been a pioneer in transformational storytelling. As one of the early innovators of authentic brand & non-profit impact communication, he has helped to launch an entirely new category of films known as “micro-documentaries”, personally directing and filming hundreds of these short format films for diverse organizations including Stanford University, The Clinton Global Initiative, The McNulty Foundation, & Bono’s Project (RED), to name a few.
As Co-Founder of the for-benefit company Micro-Documentaries LLC, Ben developed an innovative storytelling framework and training system that enabled dozens of filmmakers around the world to be trained in impact storytelling, supporting a small team that would go on to craft more than 2,000 films around the world in 8 years time. He regularly speaks and conducts workshops on storytelling at venues such as SXSW, Stanford d.school, the Esalen Institute & TEDx.
Ben has recently completed his first feature documentary, Crossing Bhutan, exploring what we can learn from the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan's policy of Gross National Happiness through the lens of an unprecedented journey to cross Bhutan by foot and bike. The film, which premiered at Santa Barbara International Film Festival, features an interview with Bhutan's current Prime Minister as well as original music and voiceover from Grammy award-winning musician Imogen Heap. At the heart of Ben's work is a passion to expand our notion of what is possible. He has filmed everyday heroes in the slums of Haiti, India, and South Africa, as well as celebrated visionaries like the Dalai Llama, Bill Clinton, and Desmond TuTu, all with the same intention – to unearth authentic and inspiring stories that transform our lives and the world.