An Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Joan Stein Schimke’s short films (One Day Crossing and Solidarity) have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide. Joan directed for Law and Order and has worked in various production positions for Taylor Hackford, Eric Mendelsohn, and Woody Allen. She has recently completed the short film, Saeed, which is currently making the festival rounds. The film is about a Syrian refugee family trying to put their lives back together after suffering the ravages of war.
The Buried Life, a feature film script co-written with Averie Storck, went to the Hamptons and Sundance Screenwriting Labs, where it received a grant from the Sloan Foundation. The film is in development.
As a social activist, Joan volunteered at a refugee camp in Hungary during the war in the former Yugoslavia and was on the original committee for V—Day with Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues). Her first short documentary film, Reap the Whirlwind about the Center for Women War Victims in Zagreb, screened around the world and raised awareness and funding for the center.
Joan is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Film Program and an Associate Professor at Adelphi University in New York where she has been teaching film and video production for the past 14 years. She is married to Brent Schimke and has a son, Alexander.