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Sara Joe Wolansky is a documentary director and Emmy-nominated producer whose films depict stranger-than-fiction stories, grounded in genuine empathy. Her first feature film, a comedic documentary filled with humor and heart, is in post-production.


Her films will lure you in by making you laugh and then tug at your heartstrings. Her award-winning documentary shorts have racked up millions of views and earned plaudits from even the harshest critics in the world, YouTube commenters.

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Before she went independent, Sara Joe was the Senior Video Producer at The New Yorker. She helped to build The New Yorker's Oscar-nominated documentary brand from the ground up while directing her own award-winning & widely viewed short films.

In 2021, Sara Joe produced & edited The New Yorker's groundbreaking video of the January 6th Capitol insurrection, which was covered extensively on broadcast networks and viewed by millions. Excerpts were played during Trump's second impeachment and included in the Congressional Record for the trial.

Sara Joe has also produced for Bloomberg, VICE, and on other feature docs. She holds a M.F.A. in Film & T.V. Production from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard.

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