Joseph Mathew was born and brought up in Kerala, India. After he moved to the U.S in 1994, he eschewed a career in Finance to pursue a lifelong covert dream of becoming a photographer and filmmaker. He studied photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His interest in photojournalism led him to freelance assignments for the Associated Press and other local newspapers. With the advent of Digital Video in the late 1990’s he ventured into long-form story-telling. He first got recognized for his documentary, Crossing Arizona. Almost three years in the making, it was the definitive film on immigration along U.S.'s southern border. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and has won numerous awards and distributed around the world. Roger Ebert called Crossing Arizona “one of the films I admired most at Sundance.”
In 2009, Joseph made his first feature narrative, the award winning Bombay Summer. Set in Mumbai, India, the film follows the lives of three young people over a summer during a time of social upheaval. Shot in real locations all over the city, the film garnered rave reviews and played in film festivals around the world. The New York Times wrote: “...a rare film from India that speaks the language of international art house cinema”.
Joseph lives in New York City.
A feature film in development. Written and Directed by Joseph Mathew