Joshua Frankel

Joshua Frankel is a director, animator and visual artist. He grew up in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City in a building filled with musicians, actors and dancers. He spent most of his youth listening to hiphop and trying not to let anyone take his lunch money.

The relationship between moving image and music is often central in his work. His films have been presented with their music performed live at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Library of Congress and the San Diego Symphony. His work has also been screened at the London Institute of Contemporary Art, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY, the Annecy International Festival of Animation, onedotzero and the UN World Urban Forum.

Anne Midgette of the Washington Post described his film PLAN OF THE CITY, created in close collaboration with composer Judd Greenstein and NOW Ensemble, as “one of the best matches of visuals to music I have seen” and Alex Ross of the New Yorker called it “gorgeous.”

Cities and architecture, especially New York, are a focus of Frankel’s work. He is currently developing an opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs that will feature multi-channel animation throughout, in collaboration with Greenstein and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith.

Frankel has also created over twelve thousand square feet of public murals in collaboration with his wife, artist Eve Biddle, designed projections for musicals at Lincoln Center and on Broadway, and was a member of the groundbreaking digital team for President Obama’s 2008 campaign. He is an alumni of the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab, and is also a "Superforecaster" with the Good Judgment Project.


Last Updated: Fall, 2016.

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