BIOGRAPHY

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[ JOSHUA AKIN ]

FILMMAKER
WRITER / DIRECTOR / EDITOR

Joshua Akin is an award-winning filmmaker residing in Los Angeles, CA.

 

Having just finished his MFA in Film & TV Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, he is currently co-directing a feature reimagining of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Recently, Joshua directed the 2022 LA SHORTS official selection JURASSIC PUNK, for which he earned the USC Jack Nicholson Directing Award. In addition to writing and directing, he is a seasoned editor, having cut the BAFTA Student Award Shortlist-honoree DRIVEN, the Caucus Foundation TV Award-recipient SIDE EFFECTS and CLARINS X FEED, a short documentary produced by Keely Shaye & Pierce Brosnan.

 

Originally from rural Georgia, Joshua received a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As an actor, he had the honor of starring in an NYU production of HAMLET and shared the Stonestreet Studios Outstanding Film Actor award with Miles Teller. As a precursor to directing JURASSIC PUNK, he has played guitar in rock bands since he was thirteen.

 

Joshua is the founder of Animal Brain Productions and a creative partner at Peace Love Dope Films, a diverse filmmaking collective spotlighting underrepresented voices.

 

USC

SCHOOL OF

CINEMATIC

ARTS

2021 JACK NICHOLSON DIRECTING AWARD

JURASSIC PUNK

DIRECTOR

USC

FIRST

LOOK

2021 OUTSTANDING SCREENWRITING AWARD

JURASSIC PUNK

DIRECTOR

WATERSPRITE

FILM

FESTIVAL

2021
BEST EDITING NOMINEE

DRIVEN

EDITOR

BAFTA STUDENT

FILM

AWARDS

2020 BAFTA SHORTLIST

DRIVEN

EDITOR

PORTLAND

COMEDY

FILM

FESTIVAL

2019 BEST EDITING NOMINEE

THE PASSION 0F CHRIS

WRITER / DIRECTOR / EDITOR

WAY

DOWN

FILM

FESTIVAL

2016 BEST EDITING NOMINEE

GENE

WRITER / DIRECTOR / EDITOR