Beyond the Cut is a live discussion series featuring influential artists from the realms of film, art, and culture. Here, their storytelling perspectives are celebrated, and their career journey is examined, with emphasis on how live audience members can learn from and share these stories. This first season will shed a continuous light on the contributions of African-American influencers who live or work in and around Bedford-Stuyvesant, focusing on the impact their work has on the world and their community.
Our guest is EPHRAIM 'Fetti' BENTON, a true force to be reckoned with. His work in the arts as an actor and producer are only matched by his devotion as a community leader, entrepreneur, and father.
Having appeared in award-winning & critically noteworthy films such as "Precious," "Gun Hill Road", "The Place Beyond The Pines" and Lisa France’s “Anne B. Real,” Ephraim was the lead in Rik Cordero’s "Inside A Change" as teenager Chris Price, a young man forced to reexamine his life and bring his crumbling family together for his mom’s birthday in Rik Cordero's "Inside A Change."
In addition to creating Daddy Daughter Publishing with his young daughter, Ephraim has used his life experience to give back to the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn community with the annual Daddy Children’s Day, The Bed-Stuy Community Youth & Cultural Fair, and the Chillin On Da Corner & Beyond Film Series.
Special thanks to 500 Men Making A Difference and graphic designer Raquel Rivera.
Beyond the Cut is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) .