Sara Joe is a documentary filmmaker and Staff Video Producer at The New Yorker who explores topics that range from Iraq’s post-ISIS campaign of revenge to $29 dollar cups of craft coffee in Bushwick. Sara Joe was instrumental in launching The New Yorker Documentary, a non-fiction film series that showcases uncommon perspectives on issues that matter now. She also directed the premiere in-house documentary for the series, "The Last Conversation," which debuted at DOC NYC and launches on newyorker.com in 2020.
At The New Yorker, Sara Joe wears many hats: producer, director, cinematographer, editor, sound designer, archival researcher, and gear-schlepper. Sara Joe’s artistic voice is characterized by a balance of comedic sensibility and thoughtful analysis; she seeks to find the common humanity in unusual or underreported walks of life.
Sara Joe is currently in post-production on her first feature documentary, Snapshots of Zember, and has enjoyed successful festival runs with her documentaries “Cuddling with Strangers” (Best Short - American Documentary Film Festival 2016), “Tommy and David,” and “Wheels: An American Dream.” Sara Joe's films have screened at venues including DOC NYC, Traverse City Film Festival, Santa Barbara Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
Previously, Sara Joe worked as a producer for VICE, KCET, BRIC TV, and Bloomberg, where she produced the weekly news show At What Cost (Newswomen’s Club of New York 2018 Award - Social Media). Sara Joe also worked on Brett Morgen’s Jane and Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Sara Joe holds a M.F.A. in Film & T.V. Production from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard.
Sara Joe is also a recreational distance runner, tchotchke collector, and cheese enthusiast.