Bennie's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    San Jose Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Austin, TX

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

BENNIE KLAIN

Independent Filmmaker/Founder
Trickster Films

“If you have to justify what you do on a daily basis, if you have to justify it to yourself, then you're probably doing the wrong thing.”

INTERESTS:

Film

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Desire Failure Passion Pressure Instincts

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

college, creativity, film school, justification, kicked out, Navajo reservation, odd jobs, partying, putting yourself first, radio, school, working

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up “dirt poor” on a Navajo reservation.
  • Knew he wanted to do something creative with his life, but says, “on the reservation, you can be creative, but you won’t get paid for it.”
  • Spent his youth working service jobs but always looking for a way off the reservation, a way to further himself.
  • Got into college; flunked out after just one year.
  • Too embarrassed to tell his mom he got kicked out; told her he was exploring other options.
  • Took a job at a radio station, loved it; developed the idea for his first documentary.
  • Went back to college at the University of Texas to study filmmaking.
  • After graduating, he finally told his mom that he’d failed on his first try, all those years ago.

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