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Joshua Russell


Assistant Professor, MFA

Film & Television Production Program Director



Joshua Russell is an artist, entrepreneur, and academic. As an artist, he is a highly awarded independent film producer and screenwriter, having won awards ranging from “Best Producer” to “Best Picture” at multiple international film festivals. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Time-Out, and Variety Magazine. As an entrepreneur, Joshua is co-founder and co-executive director of Local Cinema Studios, a non-profit dedicated to connecting higher education to the film industry, and is a partner at Iris Indie International, an independent film financing and production company. As an academic, Joshua is an Assistant Professor of Screenwriting and the Film and Television Production Program Director at Western Carolina University in Western North Carolina.

Joshua offers consulting in the following areas:

Culture, Brand, and Management

Film Production

Higher Education Arts Program

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