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Josh Silfen - Director of Photography

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Josh Silfen is a bi-coastal Director of Photography. He has been working as a DP since graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' Department of Undergraduate Film and Television in 2001. He has shot numerous features, shorts, commercials, music videos, and documentaries, and is always on the lookout for new and interesting projects to collaborate on.


Josh recently wrapped production on the feature film The Kitchen. The Los Angeles based production features an incredible ensemble cast including Laura Prepon and Bryan Greenberg.

The video for Miss the Misery, by Foo Fighters is now online. The part live action, part stop motion video was shot by Josh and directed by stop motion animator Pete Levin. Catch it on Fuse TV, or watch it here on the reel page.

Congratulations to Silver Tongues! The film will premiere in January in narrative competition at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
"Thoughtful widescreen photography"
-Dennis Harvey, Variety

"Silver Tongues is a really well-crafted psychological drama, made with terrifi technical flair"
-Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Josh recently completed work on the feature 3 Days of Normal. The new film from director Ishai Setton stars Mircea Monroe, Ajay Naidu, Richard Riehle and Lin Shaye, and was shot on location in New Hampshire and New York. Images from the film can now be seen on the resume page.

Josh now owns a Sony FS100 and a Canon 7d HD SLR with a wide selection of 35mm format zoom and prime lenses. See full details on the equipment page. He has also partnered up with camera rental company Red Rents, to provide affordable rental packages of the RED One 4k digital cinema camera.

The music video for Americanarama by Canadian band Hollerado was released on October 3rd. The video was shot by Josh and directed by Greg Jardin of Radical Media. In its first week, it has been viewed over 200,000 times on YouTube, and according to MTV, it "must be seen to be believed."

To Be Friends was featured as the opening night premiere of the Boston Film Festival, and won the festival's award for Best Cinematograpy.

"The cinematography by Josh Silfen is also quite good; it makes a virtue out of digital photography's innate sharpness to highlight the beauty of the setting as well as capture single tears without getting right in someone's face."
- Jay Seaver, eFilmCritc

Goodbye Baby is being distributed by Cinevolve Studios, and is now available on DVD. The film premiered at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT.

"Lenser Josh Silfen's camerawork stands out."
- Joe Leydon, Variety

"Goodbye Baby has a handsome sheen. Schechter's director of photography, Josh Silfen, enhances the intimacy of the story with warm light and a well-composed frame."
- Chris Claro, DVD Verdict

Good Boy, a commercial for that Josh shot and co-directed, is one of ten finalists in their national commercial contest.

Josh recently shot and directed a video lookbook for fashion designer Ann Yee on the new Canon 7d HD SLR. Watch it on her website or on the reel page.

Josh recently completed production on the feature films Silver Tongues, from Sidetrack Films, and To Be Friends, from executive producer Aaron Eckhart.

The Big Bad Swim is currently playing on Starz and is also available on Netflix.

Congratulations to Poundcake, winner of the Jury Prize for Best Original Screenplay and the Audience Award at the Florida Film Festival, and Best Narrative Feature at the Rome International Film Festival.

Poundcake premiered in Los Angeles at the 2008 AFI Fest. It had the honor of being the only American film selected for the Narrative Feature Competition.

"Josh Silfen's photography is stylish and capable"
- Andrew Barker, Variety

The Big Bad Swim is now available on DVD and is being distributed by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment.

Praise for The The Big Bad Swim's cinematography:

"Visually Arresting"
- Ann Lewinson, Tribeca Film Festival

"A good-looking take of adults facing their fear of water"
- Ken Eisner, Variety

"Wonderful cinematography"
- David Greenberg, Home Media Magazine

"Perfectly composed shots"
- Rob Lineberger, DVD Verdict

"An eye for visual detail"
- James Van Maanen, Green Cine Guru

"Artfully lensed… an eye for inventive composition, palette and camera angles"
- Paul Willistein, Parkland Press

"The Big Bad Swim was budgeted at $350,000 but it looks like it cost 10 times that much" - Amy Longsdoft, The Morning Call

Josh and The Big Bad Swim are featured in the April, 2006 issue of InCamera magazine.