JoeBill Muñoz is a Mexican-American director and producer. He’s currently working on a series with Left/Right Media in collaboration with The New York Times, and directing and producing an independent feature documentary about solitary confinement in California prisons. His work has been supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund, Firelight Media, ITVS, SFFILM, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, and others.
His directorial debut, Follow the Sun, captures the stories of Central Americans making their way to the US through Mexico. Follow the Sun was released by NBC, screened in festivals across the country, and nominated for an award by the International Documentary Association. He's previously worked on a feature documentary with director Gabriela Cowperthwaite in collaboration with Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting, and an Emmy-award winning Frontline investigation, Kids Caught in the Crackdown, about the for-profit mass detention of migrant children in the US. As a producer, cinematographer, and journalist he has worked with the Investigative Reporting Program, The Associated Press, KQED, and ESPN.
The New York Times Presents – Left/Right Media – in-production – associate producer
Untitled film about food and land – Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting – in-production – associate producer
Untitled prison hunger strike film – in production – director/producer
Kids Caught in the Crackdown – FRONTLINE PBS, 2019 – associate producer / camera
Follow the Sun – 2019 – director / cinematographer
2021-2023 Firelight Media Documentary Lab Fellow
2021 SFFILM FilmHouse artist residency (SFFILM)
2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow (Sundance Institute)
Nominated – David L Wolper Student Documentary Award / International Documentary Association (IDA) (2019)
Overseas Press Club Fellowship (2018)
Walter and Betsy Cronkite Scholarship for Aspiring Foreign Correspondents (2018)
Rubén Salazar Scholarship by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) (2018)
joebillmunoz at gmail dot com
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