Benjamin Meade was born in Warrensburg, Missouri, on September 16, 1955. Meade grew up around the arts in Kansas City with his minister father and music teacher mother.
He attended the Music Conservatory in Kansas City and went on to study film at Central Missouri State University. While working as a successful financial consultant for nearly thirty years, Meade continued his academic career. He received a master's degree in American History and a Ph.D. in Film and Theatre from the University of Kansas.
He produced numerous experimental short films and documentaries, and he authored Experimental Film: The Missing Frames, which was published in 2012. Meade was appointed a fellow at the Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a professor, he taught film at Janus Pannonius University in Pécs, Hungary, and Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Meade currently lives in Arkansas and Missouri.