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Joshua Seftel

Joshua Seftel's filmmaking has brought him to Romania, Bosnia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Iceland, and across the United States. At age 22, he received his first Emmy nomination for his documentary film Lost and Found (1991) about the plight of Romania's 120,000 orphaned and abandoned children. Made for $2,000, Lost and Found helped raise hundreds ... See full bio »

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War, Inc.
War, Inc. Director
Queer Eye
Queer Eye Producer
Taking on the Kennedys


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 2016 The Secret Life of Muslims (TV Series) (executive producer)
  The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers (TV Series) (executive producer - 74 episodes, 2009 - 2016) (producer - 1 episode, 2010)
- Cheri Blauwet (2016) ... (executive producer)
- John Horgan (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Janet Iwasa (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Nicole Prause (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Chris Hadfield (2016) ... (executive producer)
 2016 Zain's Summer: From Refugee to American Boy (Documentary short) (producer)
 2015 The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano (Documentary short) (producer)
 2014 Tom Scholz: Sound Machine (Documentary short) (executive producer)
 2014 The Home Team (Documentary short) (executive producer)
 2013 ANNIE: It's the Hard-Knock Life, from Script to Stage (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 2012 Future Files (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2008-2012 Nova ScienceNow (TV Series documentary) (producer - 19 episodes)
- What Are Animals Thinking? (2012) ... (producer)
- What Will the Future Be Like? (2012) ... (producer)
- Can I Eat That? (2012) ... (producer)
- How Smart Can We Get? (2012) ... (producer)
- Can Science Stop Crime? (2012) ... (producer)
 2011-2012 Lidia Celebrates America (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 2 episodes)
- Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New (2012) ... (executive producer)
- Holiday Tables & Traditions (2011) ... (executive producer)
 2011 Nova Science Now: How Smart Are Animals? (TV Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode)
 2010 Invitation to World Literature (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 12 episodes)
- Things Fall Apart (2010) ... (executive producer: Seftel Productions)
- The Thousand and One Nights (2010) ... (executive producer: Seftel Productions)
- The Tale of Genji (2010) ... (executive producer: Seftel Productions)
- The God of Small Things (2010) ... (executive producer: Seftel Productions)
- The Epic of Gilgamesh (2010) ... (executive producer)
 2007 This American Life (TV Series documentary) (producer - 1 episode)
- My Way (2007) ... (producer)
 2007 Confessions of a Matchmaker (TV Series) (supervising producer - 13 episodes)
- Episode #1.5 (2007) ... (supervising producer)
- Episode #1.13 (2007) ... (supervising producer)
- Episode #1.10 (2007) ... (supervising producer)
- Episode #1.9 ... (supervising producer)
- Episode #1.8 ... (supervising producer)
 2003 Queer Eye (TV Series) (story producer)
 2000 Ennis' Gift (Documentary) (producer)
 1997 Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel (TV Series) (producer - 1998)
 1996 Taking on the Kennedys (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1994 Old Warrior (Documentary short) (producer)
 1992 Lost and Found (Short documentary) (producer)
 1992 American Experience (TV Series documentary) (associate producer - 1 episode)
- George Washington: The Man Who Wouldn't Be King (1992) ... (associate producer)
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Show Show Writer (9 credits)
Show Show Editor (4 credits)
Show Show Cinematographer (2 credits)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (1 credit)
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[on directing 'John Cusack' in War, Inc.] When he would do a scene, he'd nail it in one or two takes, and he'd give me two or three more takes that were slightly different. There was such precision to it, how they were different: Here's one that's slightly funnier; here's one that's slightly more serious; here's one that's slightly more concerned. He had such control over his instrument, his body. See more »


Is NPR fan and made film comedy about the life of NPR librarian Kee Malesky called Breaking the Mold: The Kee Malesky Story (2003). See more »

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