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Thomas Bentey

Director, Producer, Writer, and Actor
Suburbanite Productions

United States

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Thomas Bentey is a New Jersey-based director, producer, writer, and actor, whose film about his home state, At the Jersey Shore, has garnered acclaim across the United States after its premiere at the 2011 Sonoma International Film Festival in California. In the film, Mr. Bentey portrays the character of journalist Joe Lombardi, whose quest for a story leads him to a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in his life. Thomas Bentey has also screened the film at festivals throughout New Jersey and in New York at NewFilmmakers NY. The film was voted an audience favorite at the Jersey Shore Film Festival and additionally took home a “Jersey’s Best Feature” Award.

Thomas Bentey earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Sociology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 2003. During his undergraduate years, he made the dean’s list and acted in a variety of student theater and film productions. He went on to perform in independently produced films and in off-Broadway plays. He developed his behind-the-camera skills as a Production Assistant for City Squirrel Films in New York, working on the independent high-definition feature Calling It Quits. Thomas Bentey went on to a position as a Director of film projects with United Nations University, where he handled cameras, lighting, and audio, edited tape, and worked on the production of a United Nations talk show. Mr. Bentey subsequently worked as a freelance Associate Producer for News 12 New Jersey, where he researched and wrote news stories and assisted overall logistical operations.

Thomas Bentey enrolled in The New School in New York, where he studied communications and media, graduating with a Master of Arts in December 2011. He had been polishing the script for At the Jersey Shore since 2005 and began filming in 2009 after studying the Meisner approach at New York’s Ward Acting Studio. At the Jersey Shore is now distributed through Gravitas Ventures and is available as a cable video on demand, through iTunes, and on Amazon.com.


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Director, Producer, Writer, and Actor
Suburbanite Productions
Edison, NJ   08899
Film: 'At the Jersey Shore'; Premiere at the 2011 Sonoma International Film Festival in California


Thomas Bentey - Education


December 2011
The New School
Master of Arts
Communications and Media

Rutgers University
Bachelor of Arts
Minor in Sociology


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Biking, Surfing, Fishing, Tennis


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