Writer. Director. Storyteller. World Famous.


Before working in film (ALASKA IS A DRAG) and television (THE GLADES, UnREAL, BOSCH) –­ Shaz worked in a fish cannery; bartended at a mafia bar; was a film programmer at Sundance, LA Film Festival and AFI FEST; peddled liquor undercover; developed films for actor Giancarlo Esposito; and was Cher’s stand-in for a day. Her films and performance pieces have been seen in festivals, theatres, museums and abandoned warehouses all over the United States, Mexico, Canada, South Africa and Europe. One of 8 women selected to the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women, nominated as one of Fox's Top 20, Sundance Screenwriting Labs 2017 with director Crystal Moselle (THE WOLFPACK), and Fox's inaugural Franchise Directing program (DIE HARD).

Shaz's debut feature film ALASKA IS A DRAG -- written & directed by Shaz Bennett, starring Martin L. Washington Jr, Maya Washington, Matt Dallas, Christopher O'Shea, Jason Scott Lee, Margaret Cho, John Fleck, Kevin Daniels, Nia Peeples, Adam Tomei -- in festivals now.


UPCOMING SCREENINGS: http://alaskaisadrag.com


Every film festival has a few hidden gems, and the most notable one at PFF (Philadelphia Intl. Film Festival this year was ALASKA IS A DRAG, a winning drama directed by Shaz Bennett... it's going to be compared to MOONLIGHT, for obvious reasons. But ALASKA IS A DRAG is a fine, enjoyable achievement in its own right. -- Steven Silver / Today Philadelphia


In her enchanting feature debut writer/director Shaz Bennett spares no punches in showing how brutal and isolated Alaska can be especially if you are anything different than the norm.

-- Queerguru



Honorable Mention for "Exquisite Directing, outstanding Ensemble Cast and Cinematography" -- Urbanworld Film Festival

Winner Best Narrative Feature -- Chattanooga Film Festival Shindig