Bennie's Open Road


    Team San Jose


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.”


Film Radio


Desire Instincts Culture Passion Failure Pressure


Being Creative


  • 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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