I am passionate about telling meaningful stories and making a positive impact in the world to the best of my abilities.
Ever since he studied abroad in Rome during college, Joel dreamed of working in a creative field and having adventures around the world. His fantasy became real shortly after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2003. He first worked for the environmental organization, Natural Resources Defense Council, and then took a job with the groundbreaking Air America Radio network, where he was a producer on a show hosted by Rachel Maddow and Chuck D. and worked alongside such talents as Mark Maron and Al Franken. 
In 2005, Joel got an incredible chance to live and work abroad when was hired as a reporter for the International Herald Tribune newspaper in Bangkok, and stayed for the next 12 years. During his time there, he also worked as the regional correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter, as a consultant for different human rights NGOs, and filed print and broadcast stories for CNN and other media outlets. In 2011, he began developing "Cirque du Cambodia," his first feature-length documentary film, which is about two young Cambodians who dreamed about being the first from their country to take the stage with the world-famous Cirque du Soleil. In 2020, he completed the film, which has won multiple awards, and it is still making the rounds and wowing audiences at different film festivals.
Joel finally moved back to the U.S. in 2017 after accepting a lecturing job at American University in Washington D.C. He is now working as the Director of Education (and a content producer) for the community TV channel, DCTV. You can learn more about Joel at joelgershon.com.
Audience Award
Cirque du Cambodia
Berkshire International Film Festival
Great Barrington, MA
2022
Best First-Time Producer
Cirque du Cambodia
BKK DOC 2021 – Bangkok International Documentary Awards
Bangkok
2021
Festival opening Film
Cirque du Cambodia
Cambodia Town Film Festival
Long Beach, CA
2021
Best Feature Film – Audience Award
Cirque du Cambodia
Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Middlebury, VT
2021
Outstanding Excellence
Cirque du Cambodia
Docs Without Borders
Virtual
2021
Jury Prize
Cirque du Cambodia
Circus International Film Festival
Virtual
2021
Official Selection
Cirque du Cambodia
Big Apple Film Festival
Virtual
2021
Official Selection
Cirque du Cambodia
United Nations Association FIlm Festival
Palo Alto
2020
College
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
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College
Wesleyan University
Comparative journalism
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High School
Stuyvesant High School
19861990
Birth Date
May 29, 1972
Birth City
New York City
Current City
Washington D.C.
Hometown
Brooklyn
Height
5'10"
Gender
Male
Eye Color
Brown
"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but our self can free our minds." - Bob Marley
"The trick was to surrender to the flow." - Trey Anastasio
"Let there be light: and there was light." - God
I am passionate about telling meaningful stories and making a positive impact in the world to the best of my abilities.
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