Joey Dello Russo directs and edits documentary films.

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I tell stories that honor ordinary people who live profound lives. I am currently directing a feature documentary about the best living banjo-poet, and creative directing an ethnographic travel series for Airbnb.

I was an early creative at MasterClass, where I co-developed the formats for trailers and classes, and grew our post-production team from four to forty. Werner Herzog said to me that I edit too much like an American.

ARTS + COMMERCE

MasterClass

MasterClass is an emerging genre of nonfiction media that captures legacies of world-class experts.

By blending the filmmaking methods of Hollywood narratives and intimate documentaries, the founding team of editors creatively directed new standards of premium online education.

And at times, we did so with the instructors in the intimacy of their own homes.

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Airbnb

In the heart of Taipei, renowned interior designer Cola Syu has crafted her apartment into an urban rainforest.

For the first time ever, two Bostonians spend an overnight at baseball's most legendary baseball field.

 

Wieden+Kennedy

While battling cancer, athlete Jack Shimko paddled 260 miles through California's Channel Islands.

For two weeks at sea on a fishing boat, the crew filmed and edited daily travelogues about his journey.

 

Change.org

A year-in-review film crafted entirely from existing news clips and archival material that celebrates victorious petitions around the world.

 

A&E UneXplained

A cable television series that chronicled families who had been harmfully wronged by the American justice system.

Filmed in Comfort Inns, turbulent regional jets, Congressional offices, minivans, and meth dealer hangouts.

 

Square

An extended Internet spot celebrating successful small business owners across the United States.

 

Eventbrite

A three-part documentary web series that profiles Top ChefMelissa King and Mei Lin as they craft and deliver an unforgettable pop-up culinary experience in San Francisco.

 

FILMS + PURSUITS

Glen Keane

A film about the legendary animator behind The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Duet.

After 40 years at Disney, Glen ruminates on crafting animation in the past, present, and future. 

 

Danny Barnes

A feature length documentary about the founder of legendary punk-bluegrass band, Bad Livers.

For over 40 years, Danny Barnes has dedicated a life to mastering the banjo.

Currently in production, this film follows the present day trials and tribulations of a working poet in America today.

 

Home Made

A portrait of a mother raising her non-biological daughter in the French Riviera.

Produced and screened from scratch during two weeks at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

Shaki

In 1964, anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon embarked to live amongst the largest uncontacted tribe in South America.

Deep in the Amazon basin, Chagnon spent decades studying the last gasp of the tribal world.

 

State of the Media

Media CEOs, journalists, academics, and political consultants assess the state of the media in the U.S. today.

Produced from concept to color-correction from coast to coast in under five weeks.

The film premiered during the Sundance Film Festival at a private event hosted by Facebook executive Chris Kelly and Current TV founder Jamie Daves.

 

Get Back Stay Back

A trailer for a book about what happens when Americans leave the rat race behind and get away from it all.