Heavily influenced by non-American cinema, Joshua Gleason’s work tackles American culture, alienation, & our animal natures through the lenses of gesture, repetition, and time. His graduate thesis film for CalArts, A PLACE OF OUR OWN, premiered at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2014 and he was named Best Emerging Writer at the Oaxaca Film Festival in 2017. Josh was also a recipient of the inaugural Flies Collective Film Grant for his upcoming debut feature WHERE THE BOYS ARE.
Aside from his directing work, Josh has worked in lighting for films like Andrew Ahn’s SPA NIGHT, Matt Porterfield’s I USED TO BE DARKER, and Amazon Studio’s docu-series LORENA. Most recently, he served as creative consultant and associate producer on Diana Peralta’s debut feature DE LO MIO.
Josh now teaches film history and production at CSU Channel Islands. He received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and holds his M.F.A. in Film Directing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).