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My work includes documentary films, video art and installations, video with live performance, and producing for European documentaries and feature films, shooting in the U.S.

An Idea (About an Idea) (2021) Video artist  


CITYX Venice

Venice Architecture Biennale

Land's End (2019) Video artist

Light Year 62: Sight X Sound"

Curated and commissioned by Leo Kuelbs

Leo Kuelbs Collection


Lillian (2019) U.S. Producer

Feature film, directed by Andreas Horvath

World Premiere - Cannes Film Festival 2019, Director's Fortnight


Lillian, an emigrant stranded in New York City, decides to walk back to her native Russia. An existential road movie across the US and Canada. A chronicle of a slow disappearance.

Here's a blog post I wrote about the film when it had just finished production.


View trailer here

More on international projects I've worked on as the American producer here

Video Projections by Joan Grossman for the play, Woyzeck.

I Remember You (2015) Music Video Director

Song written by Chris Rael for the album Swirled World by the Indo-pop band Church of Betty.

There are few bands that have been as tenaciously creative, exploratory, eclectic and inclusive as Church of Betty.

                                                                     - Broadway World


Projects in Theatre, Opera, and other forms of Live Performance

"This edge I have to jump" - a video installatio by Joan Grossman for the opening of the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.

A kinetic conversation on creative process.


Commissioned Artist

4-channel video installation commissioned by the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech for the launch of the CUBE at the Grand Opening of the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. Four 34 x 20 feet screens; octophonic spacialized audio.  Oct. 28-Nov. 24, 2013.


Photo: Logan Wallace

A jolting report from a region of imagination seldom

explored in practice.                                       RHIZOME   



Documentary. 82 min. HD.

For press and screening info :


A story of whimsical innovation and the drive to create a new civilization on the scrapheap of a wasteful and war-mongering society.  Produced with Tom McCourt; animation by Michael Krueger, Music by Julia Crowe and Adam Rudolph.

Watch Drop City on Vimeo on Demand

Documentary on pioneering video artists, Steina and Woody Vasulka. Co-founders of New York's iconic performance space, The Kitchen, for almost half a century Steina and Woody's work in electronic media art has posed precient questions about technology's connection to human experience.

Commissioned Artist

Single-channel video installation projected on a translucent dome. Commissioned by the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition, West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977.  Nov. 11, 2011-Feb. 12, 2012.


Exhibtion tour:

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Sept. 29, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013;

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Feb. 8-April 28, 2013;

Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, June 12-Sept. 1, 2013.

Commissioned Video Artist


A fantastic, powerful experience. 

-Chamber Music Today

A collaboration with composer, David D. McIntire, commissioned by ArtSounds, a project of the Kansas City Art Institute and the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Performed with live percussionists, April 12, 2011 at the Kansas City Art Institute.



A virtual installation that explores the Hudson River's aberrant history. An art-in-education project. A collaboration with artist John Toth.

Meditations on Amnesia (2006-08)

in "The Searchers", a group show curated by Molly Dilworth and Amoreen Armetta

War and a culture of forgetting.


Video installation & lecture/performance.

EFA Gallery, New York

Nov. 10, 2006–Jan. 6, 2007


Philip Feldman Gallery + Project Space, Portland OR

April 1–May 25, 2008.

The Searchers catalog — featuring an interview with Joan Grossman

Film commissioned by Capriccio Music, Germany

A meditation on fragments of film and writings, remnants of countless people who for the most part did not survive.

A filmic accompaniment to Isaac Schwartz's concerto, Yellow Stars, inspired by writings from the Kovno Jewish ghetto. Performed by the National Philharmonic of Russia.

Accidents of Memory (2002-03)

A family trace, a remembered name, the encrypted site of what can no longer be remembered.      - Avital Ronell


4-channel video installation at Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland, Nov. 2002-Jan. 2003.  A collaboration with visual artist, Jadwiga Sawicka.

Documentary irected & produced by Joan Grossman & Paul Rosdy, US/Austria, 79 min.


A collage of stunning archival footage.... the film succeeds in conveying the peculiar combination of relief and espair that developed as these stateless exiles eluded European concentration camps only to be deposited in a seething metropolis largely controlled by Hitler's allies.

                                                                                     – Village Voice

Produced with HBO and Austrian television, broadcast internationally and screened at more than 40 film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival. Music by John Zorn, soundtrack released on Tzadic Records.


Winner Best Documentary:  CineManila International Film Festival, the Philippines; Message to Man Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia;  Framing the Other Film Festival, New York.

On Amazon Prime

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