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JOE STANKUS is a Brooklyn based writer/director. He enjoys working in both narrative and documentary filmmaking but is especially fond of the blurry area in between.

His shorts have screened at The New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Maryland Film Festival, Cucalorus, and Doc NYC. His work has also been featured on The Criterion Channel and online at Short of the Week, Le Cinema Club, NoBudge and as Vimeo Staff Picks. His feature script, Capitaland, was a semi-finalist in the Stowe Story Labs and top 10% of the Academy Nicholl Fellowship.


Joe holds an MFA in film directing from Brooklyn College's Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and is an alumnus of the New York Film Festival Artist Academy and The Gotham Fiction Filmmaking labs.



"Theo Anthony Makes a Stool" selected at DocNYC and IFFBoston

New short film, "Trooper," selected for Short of the Week and as a Vimeo Staff Pick

New feature-length screenplay, Capitaland, selected as a semifinalist in Stowe Story Labs

"Good News" named one of's "2021 Films Of the Year"

"The Backseat" is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel

Lindsay Calleran's "What I See When I Look" (editor: Joe Stankus) at the Oak Cliff Film Festival and Palm Springs Short Fest

"Good News" now streaming on

Angel Olsen premieres video for "Whole New Mess" (editor: Joe Stankus)

"Good News" selected for the 57th New York Film Festival

Zach Rubin's "Imaginary Friend" (editor: Joe Stankus) at the Maryland Film Festival

Angel Olsen's "Lark" (editor: Joe Stankus) on

"I've Never Been a Fisherman" available to stream on

Angel Olsen's "All Mirrors" (editor: Joe Stankus) on

"I've Never Been a Fisherman" at International Film Festival Rotterdam

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