One-on-one with Robby Benson

This is a pretty amazing time in Btown — the IU baseball team made it back-to-back Big Ten regular season titles, underwater science researchers at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington are investigating the recent potential discovery of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria, the Kelley School of Business made it to the big Nasdaq screen in New York City’s Times Square and three IU Bloomington faculty members made it to the silver screen at the Festival de Cannes with their short film about the ways humans have spread information throughout history, Humanexus.

All of this is incredibly exciting. But if you really want to get people going, just mention that Robby Benson is here. More and more, it’s becoming less and less of a secret that the veteran film and TV actor, director, producer and educator is on campus, working with aspiring IU filmmaking students and rapidly raising the visibility of film production and study on the Bloomington campus.

I recently had a chance to meet Benson, a professor of practice in the Department of Telecommunications, soon to be part of the new IU Media School, and it’s clear he has big plans for IU Bloomington, including making the campus one of the nation’s premier destinations for students who want to get into film. In the meantime, his students just finished more than nine months of film production work, which led to an eventful night on yet another big screen — that of the IU Cinema.

Check out the video above, shot and produced by Inside IU and IU Newsroom intern Matt Bloom.

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