Joshua van Praag is an award-winning director, producer, writer and cinematographer.
Van Praag began his career at the age of sixteen in his native Britain, working as a camera trainee on film and television productions. By the age of nineteen he had moved to New York where he quickly found his way back onto the set as a lighting technician. Over the next eight years van Praag travelled the world, working on more than forty feature films under directors such as Martin Scorcese, Bernardo Bertolucci, Wong Kar Wai, and Woody Allen, before embarking on his own journey behind the camera.
As a director, van Praag's work has been exhibited in venues as diverse as New York's New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Anthology Film Archives, at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, and at film festivals like London's Raindance and the New York Independent.
As a member of the Media Working Group at Occupy Wall Street, van Praag helped found and create content for the movement’s first video production collective, Occupy TVNY, whose short films have reached an online audience of millions across the globe.
In early 2012, van Praag completed his first feature-length film, 'The Lottery of Birth' - the first episode in the documentary series, 'Creating Freedom'. A wide ranging analysis of power and control in western democracies, the project is written and co-directed by painter Raoul Martinez. Cast includes Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, and Steven Pinker. The film premiered at London's Raindance Film Festival in September 2012 where it was nominated for the Best Documentary award.
Van Praag is now at work on a new feature documentary about the role of independent media in contemporary social movements. The film follows a handful of dedicated citizen journalists as they deploy an arsenal of new media tools to cover pro-democracy movements exploding onto the scene from Cairo to New York City.