RiverBend Films

RiverBend Films Complete Filmography

This page features the complete filmography of RiverBend Films from 2005 to 2015, arranged chronologically listing the earliest films first and the newest films last. Edited live events, projects predating 2005, and miscellaneous projects appear beneath the main filmography.


A Day in the Life of a Cat Trilogy

Year: 2003 - 2010
Genre: Art film

Running Time: 26 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080i)
Audio Format: Stereo

Directed and Produced by: Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: Composite of three independent silent art films depicting the daily lives of two cats, each film showcasing artistic cinematography and unusual editing techniques. The first film, A Day in the Life of a Cat (September 2003) was the first film shot by director-producer Kevin G. Bender, the third and final film, A Day in the Life of a Cat 3 (July 2007) was his first film shot in high definition. A Day in the Life of a Cat was re-edited and remastered in 2010 featuring music by Kyle Ringgenberg composed for The Receipt.


From Smoose to Screen

Year: 2005
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 22 minutes
Video Format: Digital (480i)
Audio Format: Stereo

Directed, Produced, and Written by: Kevin G. Bender
Principal Cast: Ryan McElveen, Samantha Clarkson, Thomas Nash, Paul Shoemaker, Samantha Clarkson, Nicholas Theodosakis, Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: The making of Life's a Smoose, complete with cast interviews, footage from the film, parody interviews, and production still photographs.


Life's a Smoose

Year: 2005
Genre: Feature, Comedy, Satire
Running Time: 50 minutes
Video Format: Digital (480i)
Audio Format: Stereo

Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Written and Produced by: Ryan McElveen
Principal Cast: Thomas Nash, Jessica Begans, Samantha Clarkson, Ryan McElveen, Paul Shoemaker, Maleika Cole, Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: Four disenchanted young liberals gather around estranged Leighton in order to advocate their bizarre exaggerated social beliefs in this unique and quirky comedy and political satire.


Victory Family YMCA Lifeguard Staff Training Videos

Year: 2005
Genre: Training Video
Running Time: 35 minutes
Video Format: Digital (480i)
Audio Format: Stereo

Directed and Produced by: Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: A series of training videos made for the lifeguarding staff at Victory Family YMCA in York County, Virginia, featuring an introductory segment, water aerobics demonstrations, swim lesson demonstrations, orientation to pool chemicals and the pump room, montage of pool operations footage, and detailed instructions on maintenance procedures including testing of water chemicals, use of the pool vacuum, and procedures for draining and cleaning the public hot tub.


Heavenly Body System

Year: 2005
Genre: Fitness Video
Running Time: 40 minutes
Video Format: Digital (480i)
Audio Format: Stereo

Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Written and Produced by and Starring: Sharon Joyce

Synopsis: Workout video made as a companion to a workout guide book for the small internet business Heavenly Body System, Inc., a Christian-inspired fitness and health company founded by Sharon Joyce.


Running Out of Time

Year: 2006
Genre: Silent
Running Time: 5 minutes
Video Format: Digital (480-24p)
Audio Format: Stereo

Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Written and Produced by: Brooke Larson
Principal Cast: Brooke Larson, Ryan McElveen, Douglas Shapiro

Synopsis: A bystander watches as a lazy student steals a term paper from a hard working student in his class intent on turning it in as his own and decides to take action in this five-minute black-and-white silent film.


Behind the Beltway

Year: 2007
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 20 minutes
Video Format: Digital (480-24p)
Audio Format: Stereo

Directed and Produced by: Kevin G. Bender
Principal Cast: Samantha Clarkson, Paul Shoemaker, Ryan McElveen, Thomas Nash, Jessica Begans, Maleika Cole, Brooke Larson, Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: Documentary following the making of Below the Beltway, made in a very traditional documentary format with interviews, still photographs, behind-the-scenes footage, and music from the film.


Below the Beltway

Year: 2007
Genre: Feature, Satire, Social Commentary
Running Time: 52 minutes
Video Format: Digital (480-24p)
Audio Format: Dolby Stereo

Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Written by: C.M. Nagans
Produced by: Kevin G. Bender, Ryan McElveen, Thomas Nash
Principal Cast: Samantha Clarkson, Ryan McElveen, Thomas Nash, Jessica Begans, Paul Shoemaker, Maleika Cole, Loren Crawford, Meghan Passarello, Joel Stein

Synopsis: Six well-to-do suburbanites living in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., all apply for the same minimum-wage job at a local cafe, each for their own shallow and selfish reasons. Their competition for the job not only reveals the characters as shallow and selfish, but serves as a microcosm for much broader runaway greed and hypocrisy in suburban America.


What's Writing a Couple of Numbers on a Receipt? You Have no Idea! Making The Receipt

Year: 2008
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 35 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Directed and Produced by: Kevin G. Bender
Principal Cast: Kevin G. Bender, Sarah Elizabeth Edwards, Mauri Epstien, Matthew Marcus, Michael Benonis, Kyle Ringgenberg, Zachary Pruckowski, Rachel Bernstein

Synopsis: The primary 'making-of' documentary of The Receipt produced in a very traditional documentary style consisting of interviews with the cast and crew, behind-the-scenes footage, production stills, original music from the film, and actual film footage.


A Disaster of a Double Date

Year: 2008
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 12 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Directed and Produced by: Kevin G. Bender
Principal Cast: Kevin G. Bender, Sarah Elizabeth Edwards, Matthew Marcus, Michael Benonis, Kyle Ringgenberg, Zachary Pruckowski

Synopsis: A whirlwind documentary depicting the chaos behind the filming of the double-date scene from The Receipt and a detailed rundown of the creative solutions that the post-production team employed to complete the scene.


Sequence Two: A Tale of Scene in Post-Production

Year: 2008
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 21 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Directed and Produced by: Kevin G. Bender
Principal Cast: Kevin G. Bender, Michael Benonis, Kyle Ringgenberg

Synopsis: The post-production staff of The Receipt describe in detail the entirety of the post-production process involved in the creation of a single three minute scene, including video editing, sound editing, ADR, sound mixing, composing and sequencing music, color-correction, and final rendering.


The Receipt

Year: 2008
Genre: Feature, Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 80 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 5.1 simulated surround

Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Written by: Rachel Bernstein
Produced by: Kevin G. Bender, Michael Benonis, Rachel Bernstein, Kyle Ringgenberg
Principal Cast: Sarah Elizabeth Edwards, Mauri Epstein, Matthew Marcus

Synopsis: In RiverBend Films's flagship film, two soon-to-be college graduates, the shy and unassuming Evie and the gregarious and sarcastic Norah, face uncertainty as they enter their final year of college. Their close friendship is put to the test when Evie unexpectedly finds herself in a budding romantic relationship with recent college graduate Thomas.


Them Funky Earthlings Music Video

Year: 2008
Genre: Music Video
Running Time: 4 minutes
Video Format: High definition (720-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Produced by and Starring: Jeff Stuart Dixon

Synopsis: The exciting, unique, and visually spectacular 5-minute music video for the band Alchemy's funk/pop song Them Funky Earthlings from their album Cosmic Joke, composed and performed by Jeff Stuart Dixon. The final music video combines in a unique way choreographed dancing, digital effects, and spontaneous audience interaction with the band and dancers on the city streets.


Brown Distributing of Richmond Promotional Video

Year: 2008
Genre: Promotional Video
Running Time: 7 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Produced and Directed by: Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: Internal promotional video made for the annual companywide meeting and Board of Directors meeting for Brown Distributing Company of Richmond, Inc., featuring previous year's goals and performance, company accomplishments, 3D video tour of the new company warehouse and headquarters, and special announcements regarding upcoming acquisitions and new company goals.


Brown Distributing of West Palm Beach Promotional Video

Year: 2009
Genre: Promotional Video
Running Time: 12 minutes
Video Format: High Definition (1080-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Produced and Directed by: Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: Internal promotional video made for the annual companywide meeting and Board of Directors meeting of Brown Distributing Company of West Palm Beach, Inc., featuring motivational sections, company mission and goals, annual performance review, and future plans and acquisitions.


The Making of The Artist

Year: 2009
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 28 minutes
Video Format: Digital (480i)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Directed and Produced by: Kevin G. Bender

The special-features content for the feature film The Artist, consists of three mini-featurettes, each about three minutes in length, covering a different topic of the making of the film: Shooting The Artist, Filming Action Sequences, and Rehearsing Scenes, plus a 20-minute slide show of production stills and behind-the-scenes footage.


The Artist

Year: 2009
Genre: Feature, Action-Adventure, Thriller
Running Time: 90 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 5.1 simulated surround

Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Written by: Matthew Marcus
Produced by: Ashley Kinney
Principal Cast: Matthew Marcus, Casey Stein, Andrew Todhunter, Russ Hicks, Glenn Aubrey, Arrietta van der Voort

Synopsis: Alex, a comic book sketch artist entering his final semester of college, is intrigued by Rebecca, a young girl in his psychology class, but his relationship with her draws him into a web of secrets and hidden violence. Reminded of buried trauma from his own past, Alex begins to confuse fantasy and reality, and comes to believe he is the real-life superhero from his comic book sketches and sets-out on a quest to save Rebecca from her woes, real or imagined, in this tale of star-crossed lovers, lies, secrets revealed, the enduring pain of loss, and the encapsulating psychological hold the powerful have over the powerless.


Brown Distributing 25th Anniversary Video

Year: 2009
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 20 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Produced and Directed by: Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: Informational, promotional, and morale video made for the 25th Anniversary celebration of Brown Distributing Company of West Palm Beach, Florida to both celebrate past achievement and accomplishments, as well as to outline future goals.


Zeiders Clinical Counselors Recruiting Video

Year: 2009
Genre: Commercial
Running Time: 12 minutes
Video Format: High definition (720-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Produced and Directed by: Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: Recruiting video made to attract licensed clinical counselors to work in the Hampton Roads Fleet and Family Support Center office of the government contractor Zeiders Enterprises, Inc, featuring interviews with employees, footage of company offices and locations, mission statements, job descriptions, and outlines of benefits packages available to employees.


RiverBend Films Fifth Anniversary Promotional Video

Year: 2010
Genre: Promotional Video
Running Time: 8 minutes
Video Format: High definition (720-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Produced and Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Principal Cast: Kevin G. Bender, Kyle Ringgenberg, Michael Benonis, Sarah Elizabeth Edwards, Mauri Epstein, Matthew Marcus, Zachary Pruckowski, Brooke Larson, Ryan McElveen

Synopsis: Eight minute promotional video produced to commemorate the fifth anniversary of RiverBend Films in 2010. Features behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with RiverBend Films collaborators, original music composed for RiverBend Films projects, production stills, and a complete, exhaustive list of all RiverBend Films collaborators from 2005 to 2010.


Brown Distributing Promotional Video

Year: 2010
Genre: Promotional Video
Running Time: 20 minutes
Video Format: High definition (720-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Produced and Directed by: Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: Promotional and year-end celebratory video made for Brown Distributing, Inc., in Richmond, Virginia, featuring interviews intercut with B-Roll footage and a myriad of digital effects. Highlights the accomplishments of Brown Distributing, their future goals, their company philosophy, and their aggressive focus on growth an sales. Concludes with a two-minute blooper reel accompanying the end credits.


Ryan McElveen for Fairfax County School Board

Year: 2011
Genre: Commercial
Running Time: 5 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-30p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Produced and Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Written by and Starring: Ryan McElveen

Synopsis: Five-minute advertisement and promotional video made for the political campaign of Ryan McElveen, a 2011 candidate for an at-large seat on the Fairfax County, Virginia, school board.


The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller

Year: 2013
Genre: Feature, Science Fiction, Psychological Drama
Running Time: 87 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-24p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 5.1 simulated surround, Sony DTS simulated surround

Directed by: Kevin G. Bender
Written by: Matthew Marcus
Produced by: Darrell Poe
Principal Cast: Alexia Poe, Aimee Snow, Anthony Carchietta, Larry Keeling, Carl Nubile, Jennifer Osborn, Matthew Marcus, K. Clare Johnson, Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller is the tale of Dr. Sophie Miller, a neurotic physics professor who, consumed by repressed guilt and afflicted with a self-imposed incapacity to assign meaning to interpersonal relationships, is driven to multiple suicide attempts in order to prove a concurrently fantastic and infinitely alluring scientific theory-quantum immortality.


The McGlothlin Courtroom: Court Reporter Station

Year: 2014
Genre: Training Video
Running Time: 4 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-24p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Directed and Produced by: Kevin G. Bender
Written by: Patrick Sebastian

Synopsis: Training video explaining the software and other technological tools available to the court reporter in the McGlothlin Courtroom at the William and Mary Law School, the world's most technologically advanced courtroom. Produced for the Center for Legal and Court Technology.


The McGlothlin Courtroom: Using Classroom Mode

Year: 2015
Genre: Training Video
Running Time: 8 minutes
Video Format: High definition (1080-24p)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital 2.1

Directed, Produced, and Written by: Kevin G. Bender

Synopsis: Training video explaining the technological capabilities available in classroom mode of the McGlothlin Courtroom at the William and Mary Law School, the world's most technologically advanced courtroom. Produced for the Center for Legal and Court Technology.


Projects Prior to 2005:
Checkmate (2003)
Nature's Fury (2003)
Macbeth in da' Hood (2003)
Eyes of the Distance (2004)
Eyes of the Distance Blooper Reel (2004)
Crusin' to New Heights (2004)
York High School Class of 2004: Four Years of Memories (2004)
Seven Days Under the Sun (2004)

Edited Live Events and Video Incoporated Into Live Events:
Lil' Abner Tabb High School Musical (2003)
Pippin Tabb High School Musical (2005)
York High School NJROTC Regional Area 05 Drill Meet (2004)
York High School Student Council election speeches (2004)
Grease Tabb High School Musical (2010)
A . . . My Name is Alice University of Virginia Drama production (2008)
So Careless University of Virginia Drama production (2008)
William and Mary Law Revue Fall 2013 One Acts (2013)
William and Mary Law Revue Bard Review (2014)
Kingdom v. Piggie William and Mary Law School Center for Legal and Court Technology Fractured Fairy Tale Trial (2014)

Other Short Films, Slide Shows, Interviews, and Miscellaneous:
Life's a Smoose Blooper Reel and Teaser Interview (2005)
Going Forth in Faith (2005)
Meet the Koreans (2006)
When Rick Met Ali (2006)
Running Out of Time alternate version The Cheater's Lament (2006)
Running Out of Time alternate version Roles Reversed (2006)
Running Out of Time alternate version The 1920s Edition (2006)
Taking on the World (2007)
The Receipt Blooper Reel (2008)
The Artist Blooper Reel (2009)
Fleet and Family Support Centers Director Farewell Address (2009)
Beskin & Associates Photography Project (2010)
Swan Song: The Quantum Suicide of Sophie Miller Outtakes (2012)
Landscape Photography (ongoing)

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