Atelier Past Faculty

Josephine Decker

Josephine Decker headshot

Photo courtesy Josephine Decker.


Said to be ushering in a “new grammar of narrative” by The New Yorker, Josephine Decker aims to spark curiosity and wonder in audiences. Recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Decker premiered her first two narrative features at the Berlinale Forum 2014 to rave reviews. The films were listed #2 and #10 on The New Yorker’s Top Ten List of 2014, screened in roughly one hundred festivals around the world (including Torino, London BFI, BAM Cinemafest), won Sarasota Film Festival’s Independent Visions Award, Tangerine Entertainment’s prize for a rising female director, and many other awards.

Part of Time Warner's 150 Series Incubator, Decker has directed content for United Way and other non-profits and is currently working with the Museum of the City of New York to develop video content for their Future of the City Lab. She helped to produce documentaries for A&E and Discovery before moving into indie film with her feature documentary Bi the Way (SXSW, MTV’s Logo and Netflix). Decker spent last year in Pig Iron Theater’s Advanced Performance Training to learn theater-based techniques of collaborative writing and will put her training into practice this summer when she directs her third feature — a collaboratively devised work set inside a bipolar teen's brain. Her magical realist short film which explores formerly incarcerated individuals' uncanny first days out of prison (part of collective: unconscious) is premiering in Narrative Competition at SXSW 2016.


“Elisabeth Moss Is Iconic Horror Author Shirley Jackson In New Shirley Trailer” — Directed by Josephine Decker | Elle Magazine, May 13, 2020

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