Blank Canvas

About the Film

Riley, an early 30’s millennial and Caroline, an early 40s Gen-Xer, happen to meet each other on a rooftop after both experiencing life altering, traumatic experiences. What happens when two strangers discover a new found friendship with someone they never thought they could? 

About the Filmmaker(s)

Steven Lloyd Bennett is an award winning filmmaker born and raised in New Rochelle, NY. It is commonly known as 'The City on the Sound', located on the outskirts of New York City. A son of Jamaican immigrants, his father, a mechanic and his mother, running a daycare business, Steven knows the value of hard work.  

In 2017, he wrote, produced and directed the short film Blank Canvas, where he directed a stellar cast lead by Chris Chalk of Fox’s Gotham. Blank Canvas, since January 2017, has screened at seven festivals nationwide. In 2016, his short film, Reservations for Three was screened nationwide in over 21 festivals and was the recipient of four awards, including Best Short Film at the Manhattan Film Festival. In 2015, he worked with DeWanda Wise (Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have it) on The Truth of Miss Marshall short films. Prior to that, his critically acclaimed web series Parallels, which he wrote, directed and produced, garnered six awards in film festivals as well, including an 'Outstanding Writing' award from LA Web Fest. In 2014, his short film Emancipation, starring Michele Weaver of OWN’s Love was shown on American Black Film Festival’s weekly Television show, ABFF Independent. 

He is currently in distribution with his latest short film Power Forward and in development on his first feature film, The Truth of Miss Marshall. Steven has written seven feature films, two of which have been optioned.  

Steven’s main focus as a filmmaker is to not only make raw, unique, character driven films, but to make films that “feel good to the mind and soul.”   

Steven currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Shantelle.

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About the Presenting Partner

Connecticut Public is home to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR), as well as Connecticut Public Learning. Together, Connecticut Public serves nearly one million citizens each month through Connecticut Public Radio and Connecticut Public Television, as well as through our many digital and online platforms. Connecticut Public Learning offers direct service education to teens, adults and veterans in digital media; and provides educational programming on television, radio, online and in the classroom. Through our mission to inform, educate and inspire the people of Connecticut, we connect people of all ages to high quality journalism, storytelling, and education and experiences, as well as amplifying the voices of our diverse communities. Connecticut Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with an $18 million annual budget, funded primarily through community support from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors.

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