Josh Safdie

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Josh Safdie was born in 1984 and raised in both Queens and Manhattan in New York. His multi-disciplinary talents as an actor, artist and film director can be observed in his numerous collaborations with his brother Benny Safdie. His work has earned them multiple festival jury awards, FIPRESCI’s, Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards. His films have premiered at international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Locarno, Viennale, Tokyo and SXSW. Josh also exhibited his work at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2012, Josh and Benny Safdie, with Alex Kalman, co-founded Mmuseumm. Situated in an elevator shaft inCortlandt Alley, Mmuseumm is a modern natural history museum devoted to the curation and exhibition of contemporary artifacts. In 2015, Pieces of Advice x From a Pedestrian Point of View, a two-part exhibition held at Fort Gansevoort Gallery featured large scale cutouts by Josh Safdie and photographs by Benny Safdie. The Safdie brothers have diverse practices that extend beyond time-based media, their film ‘Good Time’, had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes film festival. Safdie is represented by Fort Gansevoort, New York. 


EDUCATION

2007

Boston University School of Communication

SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015  

Pieces of Advice x From a pedestrian point of view, Josh and Benny SafdieFort Gansevoort Gallery, New York, NY. September 2 – October 11

2013  

An evening with the Safdie Brothers, Jewish Museum, NY

2009

Better History, 7elevengallery, NY

FILMOGRAPHY

2017

Good Time, Writer and Director, Ezer Kenegdo, Actor

2016

Togetherness, Actor, TV Series, My Art, Actor

2015

This Summer Feeling, Actor

2014

Heaven Knows What, Director and Casting  

2013

Lenny Cooke, Co-director, and Cinematography Documentary Film
Lydia Hoffman Lydia Hoffmani, Actor, Short Film
Hellaware, Actor
Stand Clear of Closing Doors, Actor

2012

The Black Balloon, Co-writer and Ao-director, Short Film

2011

Straight Hustle, Directory, Documentary Short Film
Buttons, Director and Cinematography Documentary Film

2010

John’s Gone, Writer, Director, Production and Post-production, Short Film

2009

Go Get Some Rosemary, Writer, Director, Production and Post-production
Taking Woodstock, Actor
 La Corsa, Actor, Short Film

2008

The Pleasure of Being Robbed, Writer, Actor, Director, Production and Post-production
Yeast, Actor
The Story of Charles Riverbank, Cinematography, Short Film

2007

Jerry Ruis, Shall We Do This?, Director, Short Film
The Back of Her Head, Writer, Actor, Director, Production and Post-production, Short Film
Tight Shots, Actor, TV Series
The Bathroom Tour, Cinematography, Video Documentary
Little White Flowers, Art Director, Short Film
Puberty: The Movie, Art Director

2006

We’re Going to the Zoo, Writer, Actor, Production and Post-production, Short Film
If You See Something, Say Something, Writer, Director, and Cinematography, Short Film

2005

The Adventure of Slater’s Friend, Writer and Director, Short Film

2002

Lethargy, Writer and Director, Short Film

AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

2017

Awarded, ICS Cannes Award, Prix du Jury, Good Time (2017), International Cinephile Society Awards
Nominated, Palme d’Or, Good Time (2017), Cannes Film Festival

2016

Nominated, John Cassavets Award, Heaven Knows What (2014), Film Independent Spirit Awards

2015

Nominated, Grand Prix, Heaven Knows What (2014), T-Mobile New
Horizons International Film Festival, Poland
Nominated, Narrative Feature Compeition, Heaven Knows What (2014), Montclair Film Festival (MFF)
Nominated, Gotham Independent Film Award and Audience Award, Heaven Knows What (2014), Gotham Awards

2014

Awarded, Venice Horizons Award, C.I.C.A.E. Award, Heaven Knows What (2014)Venice Film Festival
Awarded, Best Director, Heaven Knows What (2014), Tokyo International Film Festival
Awarded, Tokyo Grand Prix, Heaven Knows What (2014), Tokyo International Film Festival
Awarded, Tap Revelation Award, Heaven Knows What (2014), Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival
Nominated, Bronze Horse for Best Film, Heaven Knows What (2014), Stockholm Film Festival
Nominated, Best Short Film, John’s Gone (2010), Venice Horizons Award, Venice Film festival
Nominated, Black Reel in Outstanding Independent Documentary, Lenny Cooke (2013), Black Reel Awards
Nominated, Audience Award for American Independents, Heaven Knows What  (2014)

2012

Awarded, Short Film Jury Prize for Fiction, The Black Balloon (2012), Sundance Film Festival
Awarded, SXSW Wolphin Award, The Black Balloon (2012), SXSW Film Festival
Nominated, SXSW Grand Jury Award for Narrative Short, The Black Balloon (2012), SXSW Film Festival
Nominated, Aluminum Horse for Best Short Film, The Black Balloon (2012), Stockholm Film Festival

2010

Awarded, Grand Prize City of Lisbon, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009), IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival
Nominated, Venice Horizons Award, Best Film, Heaven Knows What (2014), Venice Film Festival
Nominated, Best Film, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009), Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema

2009

Awarded, Festival Award, Best First Film (Mejor Opera Prima), The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008), Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival
Awarded, FIPRESCI Prize, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009), Ljubljana International Film Festival
Nominated, Grand Prix for Best Film, Go Get Some Rosemary (2009), Entreveus Film Festival

2008

Awarded, Jury Prize for Independent Visions Competition and Independent Visions, The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008)Sarasota Film Festival
Nominated, Filmmaker Award, Best Narrative Feature, The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008), Los Angeles Film Festival
Nominated, Golden Camera Award, The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008), Cannes Film Festival

2002

Awarded, Best Young Filmmaker for Short Films, Lethargy (2002), New York International Independent Film & Video Festival

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017

Zeitchik, Steven. “Cannes 2017: ‘Good Time’ shakes up a modern festival by returning to the 1970s, ”Los Angeles Times, May 26.
Pavan, Benoit. “Josh and Benny Safdie in the Darkness of New York, ”FestivalDe Cannes, May 25
Kohn, Eric. “Cannes: Before ‘Good Time’, the Safdie Brothers’ ‘Daddy Longlegs’Reinvented the New York Movie, ”IndieWire, May 11
Viveros-Fauné, Christian. “‘Activism’ Is the Hot New Art Trend at NADA New York2017,” Artnet news, March 3

2015

Schmidt, Benjamin. “Private Reception Opens Safdie Brothers Two-PartExhibition, ‘Pieces Of Advice X From A Pedestrian Point Of View,” TheKnockturnal, September 10
Lehrer, Adam. “The Safdie Brothers Open a New Exhibition, ‘Pieces of Advice xFrom a Pedestrian Point of View,” Forbes, September 9
Harris, Brandon.“The Safdie Brothers’ ‘Heaven Knows What’ Is the MostPowerful Movie About the Life of Addicts in a Long, Long Time,” Vice, June 3
Chang, Kee. “Q&A with the Safdie Brothers,” Anthem Magazine, May 22
Larocca, Amy. “The Star on the Sidewalk: How Arielle Holmes Went FromHomeless Addict to Hollywood Actress,” Vulture, May 18

2014

Foundas, Scott. “When Josh and Benny Safdie Met Luc and Jean-PierreDardenne,” Variety, October 8

2013

Elliot, Nicholas. “John and Benny Safdie,” Bomb Magazine, December 12
Semuels, Alana.“Tiny Museum in New Yorkshowcases the ordinary,”Los AngelesTime, December 5
Robbins, Liz.“Museum, All 60 Square Feet of It, Celebrate the Eccentric,”TheNew York Time, August 9
Kemmerle, Karen. “‘Lenny Cooke’ Directors Josh and Benny Safdie explore whathappened to the American Dream,” Tribeca Film, April 15

2010

Lim, Dennis. “Growing up with Dad, Distilled with Bite,” The New York Times, May 13
Macaulay, Scott. “‘Daddy Longlegs’ Josh and Benny Safdie,” Filmmaker Magazine, January 28