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Josh Freund is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

Along with his filmmaking partner, Sam Radutzky, Josh is currently three years into a feature documentary film about the 115-year-old Jewish candy company, Joyva. The film will explore issues around food, family, cultural preservation, immigration, gentrification, and American capitalism. 

The film is a grant recipient of Jewish Story Partners. We are also residents in the 2022 JFI Filmmaker Residency, and the film is partnered with The American Jewish Historical Society, OneTable, and Yivo. 

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His first feature, Do U Want It?, which he directed, shot and edited, screened at fifteen film festivals nationwide and won five awards including:

- 2017 New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award Winner

- 2018 San Francisco IndieFest Audience Award Winner

- 2018 San Francisco Frozen Film Festival Best Music Documentary

The film is currently streaming on Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, and available on DVD!

"This documentary, in all truthfulness, is the story of most of our lives as New Orleans musicians over the last fifty years. This movie represents not just this band but our collective reality."
    George Porter, Jr., The Meters

Do U Want It? website | Do U Want It? IMDB | Do U Want It? Facebook page


Josh regularly works as a Director of Photography for various independent documentary films and news outlets such as CNN, Vice News, Bloomberg, and Al Jazeera. Here is a selection of documentary-style pieces that represent Josh's portfolio:

Bloomberg News - Congressman Ro Khanna

Role: Director of Photography

Vice News - Indian Farmer Protest

Role: Director of Photography

CNN - African Voices Changemakers - Olamide

Role: Director of Photography

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