Image. Noise. Text. Developing and creating moving pictures, music, books, and transmedia. inVisibility Productions LLC.
Company
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
    Winner: Best Original Music & Outstanding Achievement in Short Film
    Jesse James
    La Dolce Vita Cine Roma
    Rome
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Vegas Cinefest International Film Festival
    Las Vegas
    2021
    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
    QueerBee
    London
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Mont, Blanc International Film Festival
    Paris
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    LGBTQ Unbordered International Film Festival
    Nassau, Delaware & Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Sand Dance
    2021
    Outstanding Achievement in Short Film
    Jesse James
    International Open Film Festival
    Dhaka
    2021
    Winner: Best of LGBTQ+ Film
    Jesse James
    Santa Fe Film Festival: Cinema Different
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    2021
    Award Winner
    Jesse James
    Critics Review Online Festival
    Kanyakumari
    2021
    Official Selection
    Jesse James
    Indo Overseas Film Festival
    Mumbai
    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
    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
    Official Selection. World Cinema Program.
    The Other One
    Chicago International Film Festival
    Chicago, Illinois
    2014
    Official Selection. Cream City Cinema Program.
    The Other One
    Milwaukee Film Festival
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    2014
    Honorable Mention
    The Other One
    The Indie Gathering
    Hudson, Ohio
    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
    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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