Filmmaker + scientist
Benji Zusman is an artist and scientist who studied biochemistry at Harvard and then worked to create novel antiviral medications and bio-fuel cell designs for eight years at MIT. A Rockefeller Fellowship brought Benji to Panama to study insect biochemical defenses and systematics at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute -- but his focus soon shifted to the debate over extending the Pan-American Highway into a pristine, indigenous rainforest region. This resulted in his first documentary, The Road to Darien, produced with the support of the Harvard Film Study Center. Hoping to facilitate the creation of unique work from a new, global breed of artist-scientist, Benji recently co-founded the multidisciplinary production collective CURIOUS.