Filmmakers and Producers

Joel Katz

Joel Katz is a filmmaker and educator whose work encompasses documentary, non-fiction, and memoir/essay form. His best-known film Strange Fruit, about the history and legacy of the anti-lynching protest song first made famous by Billie Holiday, is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Since 1996 he has been a Professor in the Media Arts Department of New Jersey City University, and in 2008 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Germany. Joel has served on the Board of Directors of Third World Newsreel since 1999 and has been on the Advisory Board of the Black Maria Film Festival since 2011.


The #1 Bus Chronicles
Joel Katz
Producer: Delmira Valladares
2020, Color, US
The #1 Bus Chronicles uses a small sociological microcosm – a bus stop on an industrial highway in New Jersey – to intimately portray some of the most marginalized lives in America today - the ‘working poor’, the recently incarcerated, and immigration asylum seekers. In startlingly intimate encounte...

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