Benjamin Dickinson

The filmmaker on modern science fiction, escaping fundamentalism, and getting arrested for weed.


My parents are classic Boomers. My mom was a hippie, and though my dad wasn’t really, they were definitely leftists in their day. But when I was I growing up, they were going through a born-again Christian phase. I was raised in a town called Wheaton, Illinois that is a fundamentalist Christian haven. Wheaton College is there, which they like to call the “Harvard of Christian colleges.” That’s a name they self-apply.