All Projects

Marriage Equality Animation


A little project for a motion graphics class at Columbia College Chicago.

New Logo Animation

Created in Adobe After Effects.

They Never Knew Music Video


The Redefiners are a Chicago based rap duo that are rising quickly. These guys are friends first, clients second. We ...

Fox 47 “Msg 2 Teens” PSA Contest Winner

We won first place in this contest two years in a row. The objective was to create a PSA that discouraged teenage distracted ...

“Mortal Kombat” // One-night Music Video Shoot

Featuring young rapper, Mentality. Shot in Millenium Park, Chicago.

Visual Story Project

A project for my Production and Editing class at Columbia College, Chicago.

I-20 // Southern Charm Official Music Video

This is a music video I directed and edited for the Atlanta rapper, I-20.

JMM Senior Video 2012

This is the James Madison Memorial Senior Video that I had a major role in directing, filming and editing.

Fuzzy Jordans

Short Film for the 2012 JMM Film Festival

Demo Reel 2011-2012

A showcase of my completed projects over the last year.

Jug Shoe Commercial

Planned, shot and edited all in one day. Filmed with hip hop dancer, Kobby Brewoo from West High School.

JMM Bumper 2

Created in After Effects

Day in the Life

A little edit I put together with some footage I took throughout the summer and early fall. Edited in Final Cut Pro.

I am JMM: Swimming

Swimmer Kayce Smith talks about her experience competing for JMM.

Deluge Short Film

This short film was created for the 48 hour film project. I collaborated with a friend who I've been working with for a long ...

JMM Video Production Bumper

This was a short bumper I created in Adobe After Effects to promote my school's art and video department.

Ben Rifken Productions: Bumper 2

Another short bumper I created in After Effects. It was intended to be more impactive.

Ben Rifken Productions: Bumper 1

A short production bumper I created in After Effects

Summer 2010

This was my first large project created during the summer of 2010 between my sophomore and junior year. At the time I was 16 ...

On the Big Screen

This was a Short Film I directed, shot and edited myself for my school's film festival. I hoped it would convey how addictive TV ...

Street Anthem Music Video

This is a music video I created to promote a young rap artist at Verona High School. I directed, filmed and edited the entire ...

I Am JMM: Soccer

This is the first documentary I created for the I Am JMM project. It highlights a talented soccer player named Lucas Cardona.

I Am JMM: Football

This is a sports documentary I created for a football player at my school. It is part of a larger project called, "I am JMM." As ...