Ben Howe is a writer and filmmaker who gained attention late in 2010 for a series of politically charged videos that went viral and helped him launch his production company Mister Smith Media, which was later renamed Howe Creative.
His videos have been seen by millions of viewers both online and on television. Ben’s unique style of storytelling not only created some of the most compelling political videos in the industry, but guided his directorial debut with the film “Bankrupt: How Cronyism and Corruption Brought Down Detroit,” released in 2014.
Having always been a conservative Republican, Donald Trump's ascent to GOP presidential nominee caused Ben to rethink his alliances and associations. He had a very public break with the party and has since found himself making new allies on both the left & the right who believe Trump represents the culmination of years of hyper partisanship that are destroying our government’s ability to function.
Prior to the election in 2016, Ben and his team released the controversial crowd-funded documentary, The Sociopath (private link, password “screener”) currently distributed as part of RedBarre Media’s film catalogue. The film documented the rise of Donald Trump as a political force, interviewing experts and Trump supporters, and exposing the underbelly of racially motivated, nationalist support that were the pillars of his victory. It received national attention and accolades from influencers across the political and entertainment spectrum.
Currently, Ben is working with cinematographer Rachel Couch, who comes from the other side of the political spectrum on a film now in the planning stages tentatively titled Non-Partisan. The film hopes to explore the areas that Americans have found themselves divided over in recent decades and will endeavor to highlight what Americans have become so bitter and angry with each other over and what can be done to change our nation’s destructive path.
In addition to filmmaking, Ben is a prolific writer, speaker, and pundit. He is a Senior Contributing Editor at RedState.com, and has written guest columns at The Atlantic and Buzzfeed. He is currently writing a book titled “The Immoral Majority” (Published by Harper Collins and slated for release in early 2018) on the ever lowering standards of the evangelical right in their quest for Republican victory. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The Blaze TV as well as a number of online and radio outlets while engaging a large audience daily through his immensely popular twitter feed.