Image. Noise. Text. Developing and creating moving pictures, music, books, and transmedia. inVisibility Productions LLC.
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inVisibility Productions LLC
    Raised in rural Appalachia, Josef Steiff is a former social worker who now creates film, performance, and written work that reflect his interest in the ways that people struggle to make personal sense out of random, impersonal events.
    Exhibiting in the United States, Europe and Asia, his film work includes writing/directing "Jesse James" and the award-winning shorts "Borders," "Catching Fire," "Indian Summer," "Eclipse," and "I Like My Boyfriend Drunk" as well as the documentary, "How Will I Tell? Surviving Sexual Assault"; he produced the short films "Safe Word" and "The Quit" with writer/director Todd Lillethun. For MBC Television, he line produced MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN A FLOWER, the first Korean feature-length film to deal openly with physical disabilities, and he has served as general crew on Michael Moore’s ROGER & ME and Wendy Weinberg’s Academy Award nominated documentary, "Beyond Imagining."
    Steiff’s feature work includes writing/directing THE OTHER ONE (winner of 4 Indie Awards), writing/directing the last chapter "Wiped Clean" of the Split Pillow experiment in collaborative filmmaking SOULMAID, and producing writer/director Mark Bessenger's RHAPSODY. He contributed a sound installation to the first major art exhibition regarding HIV in the United States, "AIDS: The Artists' Response," and is the writer/performer of the critically acclaimed one-man show GOLDEN CORRAL that reflects on his experience growing up and working in rural Appalachia.
    He recently published “To Lose My Mind and Save My Soul: The Masculine and Feminine in Films Set in the Forest” in Cuaderno/Gender and Narrative: The Heroine’s Path in Film and Other Narratives (Brazil), an essay about gay domestic violence, “Flashpoint,” in Hinterland (UK), and the poetic essay "Spill" in Memoryhouse (USA). His books include Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up?, Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder, Manga and Philosophy: Fullmetal Metaphysician and Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy: The Footsteps of a Gigantic Mind.
    Steiff is currently a Professor of Cinema and Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago and also teaches cinema aesthetics and processes in the MFA program Music Composition for the Screen.
    • Producer (4 Credits)
      I Like My Boyfriend Drunk2020
      Short
      Jesse James2020
      Short
      The Quit2018
      Short
      Safe Word2014
      Short
    • Writer (3 Credits)
      I Like My Boyfriend Drunk2020
      Short
      Jesse James2020
      Short
      The Other One2014
      Feature
    • Director (3 Credits)
      I Like My Boyfriend Drunk2020
      Short
      Jesse James2020
      Short
      The Other One2014
      Feature
    Official Selection
    I Like My Boyfriend Drunk
    QueerBee
    London
    2021
    Official Selection
    I Like My Boyfriend Drunk
    Munich New Wave Short Film Festival
    Munich
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Desperado LGBTQ Film Festival
    Phoenix
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Santa Monica Shorts
    Santa Monica
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Phoenix Shorts
    Ottawa,
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Niagara Falls International Film Festival (Spring 2021)
    Niagara Falls
    2021
    Finalist Best International Narrative Short
    Jesse James
    Vancouver Independent Film Festival
    Vancouver
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Montreal Independent Film Festival
    Montreal
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Indo Overseas Film Festival
    Mumbai
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Vegas Cinefest International Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Open Vision Film Fest
    Moscow
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    QueerBee
    London
    2021
    Finalist
    Jesse James
    Tokyo International Short Film Festival
    Tokyo
    2021
    Finalist
    Jesse James
    Boden International Film Festival
    Boden
    2021
    Finalist
    Jesse James
    New Wave Short Film Festival
    Munich
    2021
    Finalist Best Script
    Jesse James
    Europa Film Festival
    Barcelona
    2021
    Winner: Outstanding Achievement in Short Film
    Jesse James
    International Open Film Festival
    Dhaka
    2021
    Winner: Award of Recognition LGBT
    Jesse James
    Best Shorts Competition
    La Jolla
    2021
    Winner: Best LGBTQ Film
    Jesse James
    Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift
    Toronto
    2021
    Winner: Best Short
    Jesse James
    Sand Dance
    Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
    2021
    Winner: Best Short Film
    Jesse James
    Mont, Blanc International Film Festival
    Paris
    2021
    Winner: Best Domestic Violence Awareness Short Film
    Jesse James
    Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival
    Muskogee
    2021
    Winner: Best Music in Film
    Jesse James
    London Indie Short Festival of 24 Frames
    London
    2021
    Winner: Best Original Music & Outstanding Achievement in Short Film
    Jesse James
    La Dolce Vita Cine Roma
    Rome
    2021
    Winner: Best Original Music
    Jesse James
    Critics Review Online Festival
    Kanyakumari
    2021
    Winner: Best LGBT Film, Winner: Best Director, Winner: Outstanding Achievement (Acting Ensemble); Nominee for Best Screenplay
    Jesse James
    Indie Short Fest (Los Angeles International Film Festival)
    Los Angeles
    2021
    Winner: Gold Award Best LGBTQ Film, Winner: Silver Award Best Director Male, Winner: Silver Award Best Acting Duo, Winner: Bronze Award Best Original Story
    Jesse James
    Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    2021
    Winner: Best International LGBTQ Film, Winner: Best Actor
    Jesse James
    Samskara International Film Festival
    Dehradun, Uttarakhand
    2021
    Winner: Best LGBT Film, Winner: Best Lead Actor in a Short Film Spike Mayer, Winner: Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film Joey Bicicchi, Honorable Mention Director, Honorable Mention Best Producer, Third Place Audience Award
    Jesse James
    South Film and Arts Academy Festival
    Rancagua
    2021
    Winner: Award of Excellence
    Jesse James
    LGBTQ Unbordered International Film Festival
    Nassau, Delaware & Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
    2021
    Winner: Best of LGBTQ+ Film
    Jesse James
    Santa Fe Film Festival: Cinema Different
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    2021
    Official Selection & Finalist for Best LGBT Film
    Jesse James
    Erie International Film Festival
    Erie, Pennsylvania
    2020
    Best Illinois Film
    The Other One
    Beloit International Film Festival
    Beloit
    2015
    Official Selection. Cream City Cinema Program.
    The Other One
    Milwaukee Film Festival
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    2014
    Official Selection. World Cinema Program.
    The Other One
    Chicago International Film Festival
    Chicago, Illinois
    2014
    Honorable Mention
    The Other One
    The Indie Gathering
    Hudson, Ohio
    2014
    Certificate of Excellence: Fiction Feature, Certificate of Merit: CinematographyCertificate of Excellence: Leading Actress, Certificate of Merit: Supporting Actress,
    The Other One
    Indie Fest
    La Jolla, California
    2014
    Bronze Plaque
    I Like My Boyfriend Drunk
    Columbus International Film + Video Festival
    Columbus
    2012
    Third Place
    I Like My Boyfriend Drunk
    Tied House Film Festival: Films about Intoxication (two screenings)
    Chicago
    2011
    Finalist Best Drama Short
    Jesse James
    Canadian Diversity Film Festival
    Toronto
    College
    Ohio University
    Film
    Image. Noise. Text. Developing and creating moving pictures, music, books, and transmedia. inVisibility Productions LLC.
    Company
    inVisibility Productions LLC
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