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Ten years ago I embarked with a team of filmmakers to create an educational program for RTE (Irish Television). Before the first camera was turned on, everything was canceled. The trip was meant to tell the story of some college students and scientists studying some pretty crazy stuff at the bottom of the world. But, at the very last second, college students and scientists were swapped out with high school students and science teachers. To make matters worse, none of them wanted to be on camera. Finally, they agreed to give ua an hour each day to film them. All I had was a team of four brilliant filmmakers and an amazing actor/host who was a great friend of mine. We had a month to create something... but what?

 

Every 2 or so years Kasey Kirby (DP and Producer) and I pull out the footage and try to make sense of it. We finally realized it is not a long format series. It is a web-series.

 

We need your help to get the word out about our new series. New episodes will only be unlocked once the previous episodes hit the allotted number of shares and views  I hope you enjoy. 

Director:  Joel N. ClarK    Genre:  Documentary   DP: Karim Rateb     ​Producers: Judy Bart, Erica Kahn, Cynthia Wilber,  Joel Clark, Kasey Kirby​

From the Executive Producers of the acclaimed documentary Blackfish and director Joel N Clark comes an epic trek of survival, hope, mercy, and human will. An expectant mother determined to give her unborn child a life she never knew. A devoted son torn between seeking freedom and living far from the home and mother he loves. A daughter struggling to comprehend the cost of losing her family in order to begin one of her own in a new land. This is the story of American Dream.

Director:  Joel N. Clark and Andy Pisciotti    Genre: Documentary DP: Joel N Clark     Producers:   Joel N. Clark and​ Michael Albert 

The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa was one of the most deadly health epidemics in recent history. Sierra Leone was the hardest hit by the virus. However, the story of Ebola isn’t just one of mass death; it’s a story of the first responders rushing in to face insurmountable odds, of brothers in arms refusing to quit when all seemed lost. Even while fighting to eradicate the disease, these unsung heroes were treated like pariahs by the very families and communities they were trying to save. The American nurses and doctors who gave everything were criticized for choosing to serve in Africa instead of at home. Despite all this, they continued to fight and stopped the deadliest outbreak in modern history. While the 24-hour news stoked fears of the Ebola virus, these true-life heroes sprinted into this war with fearless abandon. While we closed our hearts and doors to those in need, thousands of West African men, women and children rose up to engage this enemy.

Director:  Kasey Kirby   Genre:  Documentary   DP: Kasey Kirby   Producers: Joel Clark, Kasey Kirby​

A city that's desperate to put an end to a 20+ year championship drought finally has a valid shot with the rising broomball team, the Nomadic Horde. The only dilemma is that no one has heard of them.  

 

 

Narrated by Tony Kornheiser.

Directors:  Joel N. Clark and Kasey Kirby    Genre:  Sitcom   DP: Kasey Kirby    ​Producer/Writer: Dominic Turano,  Joel N Clark, Kasey Kirby​

H Street is two sitcoms in one. In the first we have a family friendly series of four unlikely companions who will eventually grow to become true friends. Yet the “real show” is where the creators of “H Street” interact with their sitcom as well as the “real life” actors who star in their series.

As these two worlds move forward, the third wall comes down as both the sitcom being made, H Street as well as the real lives of those making it begin to expand and interact with each other.

 

Check out the Washington Post arcilce about H Street HERE!

Directors:  Joel N. Clark and Andy Pisciotti    Genre: Dramatic Short Film DP: Kasey Kirby     Producer / Writer:   Joel N. Clark and Andy Pisciotti​ 

​The story of a sick little girl who leaves her hospital bed to emulate the heroes of the comic books she loves, using her super powers to make the world a little bit brighter than she found it.

Director:  Joel N. Clark   Camera:  Joel N. Clark, Nicholas Costaras

Genre:  Feature Documentary

Johnathan has a peace plan. His plan would, in part, turn the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea into a peace park. Jonathan Lee is not new to big dreams. He's been changing the world in unbelievable ways since he was nine years old. But this dream is far from safe. We followed Jonathan as he brought his plan before presidents and dignitaries. But what happens when Chinese president Hu Jintao refused to meet with him? Jonathan believes his plan is right and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the presidents attention, even if it means getting arrested. . .  or worse.

The story of a Swazi goat herder and a South African climber who attempt two world firsts. Their dream is to trek unsupported across the frozen wasteland of Antarctica. If they make it, Sibusiso would be the first black man to accomplish the feat, and Alex would be the first South African. But when they find themselves in the middle of "the worst storm in forty years," will they give up on their dream or push on? 

While battling frostbite, hurricane force winds, crevasse fields and more, Sibu learns that his two year old daughter is deathly ill. Will he call it quits and head home or will he first do something unimaginable. South of 80 is the story of two men from vastly different cultures coming together to accomplish the impossible.

Directors:  Joel N. Clark         Camera:  Joel N. Clark, Nicholas Costaras

Genre:  Feature  Documentary

South of 80

SOUTH  OF  80

Music Video's

Director:  Joel N. Clark         Camera:  Joel N. Clark

Although I don't direct or shoot music video's in general, I recently did both for a friend of mine - the brilliant Seth Snider. We had a ton of fun creating the video for "Your Eyes."

Director:  Joel N. Clark   DP:  Nicholas Costaras

In 2010, Grammy-nominated recording artist Matthew West recorded an album inspired by the lives of more than 10,000 listeners who sent him their stories. West was transformed by the experience, and now others can be too with The Story of Your Life DVD. It includes five sessions that feature teaching presentations by Matthew (set in the mountain cabin where he wrote the songs for the album), interviews from some of the people who shared their stories, and music videos. 

Director:  Joel N. Clark         Camera:  Joel N. Clark,  Nicholas Costaras       

Between 2006 and 2009 my company (Switchvert) was hired to crearte more than 60 PSA's. We filmed extensively in Haiti, Zambia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa. While writing I decided not to approach these as normal PSA's where someone stands in front of the camera and delivers a message. Instead I chose to tell stories. We learned a lot whild creating these storeis and met some of the most incredible people. I will alway be thankful for these years!