Ben Henretig is the Creative Director & Founder of Micro-Documentaries, a for-benefit company dedicated to helping world-changing organizations leverage the power of documentary film to drive social change.
Ben was born and raised in Yakima, WA, surrounded by the rich agricultural landscape of apple/cherry/pear/peach orchards, grape vineyards, and hop fields. A graduate of Stanford University Film and Media Studies, he uses his background in art, music, communications and filmmaking to produce beautiful, powerful short-format documentaries for nonprofits and purposeful businesses making positive change in the world. Currently, Ben is working on two feature length documentary films: A Las Calles, that follows the lives of working/street children in Quito, Ecuador and explores the resulting socio-economic and political implications of this cultural phenomenon affecting millions of Latin American youth; and The Road to Sakteng, a feature-length documentary telling the story of the first human-powered, border-to-border journey across Bhutan.
Ben is a regular contributor to the Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab, whose research and innovative applications have created insight into how technology can be designed to inspire people to take positive action and have personal impact in the world. He also is a founding member of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, which focuses on the use of technology to promote peace. Ben lives in Palo Alto, CA, where he is a volunteer teacher/leader with the Art of Living Foundation, instructing hundreds of college students in stress management techniques through yoga and meditation.