Bio/CV


Joie Estrella Horwitz is a filmmaker and curator based in Tucson and Los Angeles. Filmmaker Magazine recently named her one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2020. Her work has screened at the Brooklyn Film Festival, UnionDocs, REDCAT, Visions du Reel, ICDOCS, and Tacoma Film Festival where she received Honorable Mention for Best Short Documentary for her film Alejandro & Miguel. She was awarded a fellowship to the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2019. Her current project, Tender Crossings, is an experimental feature documentary and was awarded the Allan Sekula Social Documentary Fund, Alison Doerner Fund for Women Pioneers in Filmmaking and the Tim Disney Prize for Excellence in the Storytelling Arts. She is a co-founder of Bahía Colectiva, a community of filmmakers who collaborate in cinematic practice and curation and is producing the feature film Todo lo Sólido, which was awarded the Sundance Documentary Fund. Her interests center around absent forms, multi-generational familial relationships, questions of surveillance, physical and spiritual borders, immigration, deportation, imperfect image making, accessibility, community practice, essay film, sleep states, decolonization, horses, horror tropes, noise music, forgiveness, the archive, ghosts, memory, desert landscapes, spiritualists, extractivist economies, migration, mothers, birds, witnessing, femininity, joy and intimacy.



Curriculum Vitae

b. 1991, Nogales, Arizona
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California and Tucson, Arizona

EDUCATION
MFA in Film/Video, California Institute of the Arts c. 2021
B.A. in Arts and Media with a concentration in Photography, Creative Writing and Geography, University of Arizona, Magna Cum Laude c. 2013

2020  
Screening - Blue Danube Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary
Screening - SEFF Binghamton: Student Experimental Film Festival in Binghamton, NY
Screening - Brooklyn Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY
Screening - ICDOCS, Iowa City, IA
Screening - Media Library 2020 of Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland 
Screening - JellyFest, Los Angeles, CA, Winner for Best Short Documentary
2019
Short Documentary Film - Alejandro & Miguel, 16mm, color, sound, 8:52 min
Screening - Two Journeys Film Program, Vienna, Austria / Los Angeles, CA
Screening - Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma, WA, Honorable Mention for Best Short Documentary
Screening - Can the Addict Speak?, UNIONDOCS, Brooklyn, NY
Screening - Vision Maker Media, Firelight Media Workshop, Lincoln, NE
Screening - Shorts After The Flaherty: Action, UNIONDOCS, Brooklyn, NY
Screening - CAA Moebius Festival, Los Angeles, CA
Screening - CalArts Film/Video Showcase, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
Video Installation - YARDS, CalArts, Santa Clarita, CA
Short Documentary Film - Gabrielle, HD, color, sound (work in progress)
2018
Short Experimental Film - O, 16mm, b&w, sound, 1:03 min
Short Documentary Film - Tombs, HD, b&w, sound (work in progress)
Short Documentary Film - Anonymous, Super 8, b&w, sound (work in progress)
Short Narrative Film - La Caja, HD, color, sound (work in progress)
Exhibition/Screening - Quorum, JKL Collective, Los Angeles, CA
Short Experimental Film - Auditory Sight, Super 8, color, b&w, sound, 2:40 min
2017
Exhibition - Air Sheets Serial Publishing Project, Blonde Art Fair, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
Short Narrative Film - Jan, HD, color, sound, 7:54 min
Short Experimental Film - Voicemail-0359.m4a, Super 8, b&w, sound, 2:13 min
2016
Screening - PLATFORM, City of West Hollywood Public Library, West Hollywood, CA
Screening - Just Put Your Number In My Phone Screening, Otion Front Studio, Bushwick, NY
Short Experimental Film - Product Placement, HD, color, sound, 3:22 min
Short Experimental Film - Last Night, HD, color, sound, 1:36 min
2015
Screening - Palm Springs Festival of Short Films, Palm Springs, CA
Exhibition - SET via Sorry Archive with Siebren Versteeg for Harbor Gallery, Warped Tour Miami, FL
Exhibition - Blonde Art Fair, Signal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Short Narrative Film - Under The Mesquite, HD, b&w, sound, 7:28 min
2014
Exhibition - PLASKRIT CORP, Freeman Space, Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition - The Donkey Show, Gallery Sensei, Manhattan, NY
Exhibition - PATH: Singularity, Gallery 151, Manhattan, NY
2013
Exhibition - Bad Infinity, HEAP Collective, Tucson, AZ
Exhibition - Happy Hour, HEAP Collective, Tucson, AZ
Exhibition - 11, Topaz Tundra, Tucson, AZ

CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2019// Terrain Exhibitions, Terrain Exhibition Space Los Angeles, CA
SOUVENIR/AVENIR, Los Angeles, CA
2016// PLATFORM Screening, City of West Hollywood Public Library, West Hollywood, CA
2014// Interphase via Sorry Archive at SELECT Fair, Miami Beach, FL
And The Villagers Never Liked You Anyway, Knockdown Center, Queens, NY
Pure Fucking Armageddon, Gallery 151, Manhattan, NY
PATH: Singularity, Gallery 151, Manhattan, NY
2013// Bad Infinity, HEAP Collective, Tucson, AZ
Happy Hour, HEAP Collective, Tucson, AZ
11, Topaz Tundra,Tucson, AZ

FILM/ART-RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Luchita Hurtado, Assistant Archivist/Studio Assistant - Los Angeles, CA 2018
Park View Gallery, Administrator - Los Angeles, CA 2018
Blade Runner 2049 (feature film), Research/Acting Assistant - Budapest, Hungary, 2016
Recovering Irma (Sundance Sponsored Documentary), Editor/Producer - Los Angeles, 2015-2018
Brooklyn Rail Art Magazine, Marketing Coordinator - Brooklyn, NY, 2014-2015
Sorry Archive, Founder/Curator - Brooklyn, NY, 2013-2016
Sensei Gallery, Art Basel Coordinator - Manhattan, NY, 2013-2014
Center for Creative Photography, Imaging Technician - Tucson, AZ, 2012-2013

AWARDS/TEACHING
2020 25 New Faces of Independent Film
2020 Alison Doerner Fund for Women Pioneers in Filmmaking
2020 Tim Disney Prize for Excellence in the Storytelling Arts
2020 Allan Sekula Social Documentary Fund
2020 JellyFest, Winner for Best Short Documentary
2019 Tacoma Film Festival Honorable Mention for Best Short Documentary
2019 Berkeley Advanced Media Institute Documentary Workshop Facilitator
2019 Lillian Disney Award, California Institute of the Arts
2019 Flaherty Seminar Fellowship
2019 California Institute of the Arts Visiting Artist Student Instructor
2018 Lillian Disney Award, California Institute of the Arts
2018 California Institute of the Arts Visiting Artist Student Instructor Scholarship

PRESS
25 New Faces of Independent Film
Filmmaker Magazine
Hollywood Reporter
MiniFlix
Art in America 
Hyperallergic
The Wild Magazine