Ben Pender-Cudlip directs and shoots documentary films. His work has appeared on public television and at film festivals internationally, with support from the LEF Foundation, Mass Humanities, and others.

He freelances as a director and cinematographer. As Unrendered Films, he produces nonfiction projects for nonprofits, foundations, and businesses. Clients include the New York Times, Harvard University, Bose Corporation, and numerous independent documentary productions.

Ben graduated from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, he is a member of the Non-Fiction Cartel and can often be found at DocYard screenings in Harvard Square.



Feature documentary

  • Dawnland (in production)
  • Get Out of the Road (2009)

Short documentary

  • Memorial (unreleased)
  • First Light (2015)
  • Our Grandfather’s Clock (2014)
  • Fetch (2013)
  • Sanjiban (2012)
  • A Father, A Boat, and the Sea (2012)
  • Some Old Ford (2011)

Short documentary (commissioned)

  • Doors Open (2013)
  • A Life Worth Living (2013)
  • Adventure Unscripted (2013)
  • Farmshare (2011)


Director of Photography (feature documentary)

  • Dawnland (dirs. Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip)
  • Untitled Leela Alcorn Project (dir. Jody Santos)

Camera operator (feature documentary)

  • Best and Most Beautiful Things (dir. Garrett Zevgetis)
  • BOSTON (dir. Jon Dunham)
  • Untitled Insha Afsar Project (dir. Amina Chaudary)
  • The Peacemaker (dir. James Demo)
  • Tickling Giants (dir. Sara Taksler)
  • The Transition (dir. Michael Kleiman)
  • Untitled Kurdish Guerrilla Film (dir. Christopher Livesay)

Freelance DP clients include

New York Times, Condé Nast Entertainment, Whole Foods Market, Principle Pictures, Current TV, Breakaway, Illuminus Boston, TrimTab Media, Ben Loeterman Productions, KIPP, Micro-Documentaries, Foodable TV


2nd Annual Dada Exhibition, 64 Pratt Street Hartford, CT 2014 (Chromatic Aberration A, Hallelujah!)

Make8elieve, issue #6 Mountain, August 2014; page 210 (Chromatic Aberration A)

Private Territory Film Tour 2012: Boston, Reykjavik, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm (Sanjiban)

Film Festivals

  • Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival
  • Camden International Film Festival
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • The DocYard
  • Lighthouse International Film Festival
  • Online New England Film Festival
  • Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
  • Docufest Atlanta
  • Home Grown Shorts
  • Boston Cinema Census