SUN SONG (2013/Digital/15min/Silent)

Cinematography and Direction by Joel Wanek

Grand Prize, International Competition - Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, 2014
Best Short Film - ICDOCS International Film Festival, 2014
Award for Best Cinematography - Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2014
Third Prize - Media City Film Festival, 2014
Prix de la Competition Internationale - Festival Des Cinemas Differents et Experimentaux de Paris, 2014

still/here (2001/16mm/60min/Sound)

Film by Christopher Harris • Cinematography by Joel Wanek & Christopher Harris

"The midwest's great cities can be alienating, and [this urban essay articulates] disturbed relationships between people and landscapes through imagery and editing. In the hour-long black-and-white film still/here (2001), Christopher Harris suffuses the blighted north side of Saint Louis with a powerful melancholy, lingering on rubble-strewn lots, decrepit buildings, and empty streets, while footsteps and a continually ringing phone on the sound track suggest lives interrupted by the devastation. Holes in a movie theater marquee are powerfully evocative, but even more impressive is the film's sprawling, almost chaotic form: its calculated incompleteness truly matches the subject, and Harris's long takes imply—not without a hint of anger—that the ruins of his hometown are eternal." --Fred Camper, The Chicago Reader


THE DETACHED (2016/Digital/15min/Sound)

Produced by Lenora Lee • Directed by Tatsu Aoki • Cinematography by Joel Wanek


WRINKLE IN THE HORIZON (2015/Digital/10min/Silent)

Directed by Olivia Ting + Marina Fukushima • Cinematography by Joel Wanek


SUNA, excerpt (2018/16mm/silent)

Directed by Tatsu Aoki 16mm Bolex Cinematography by Joel Wanek



Timelapse for documentary short commissioned by Xerxes Society + Haagen-Dazs to highight their work preserving native bee populations.

Cinematography by Joel Wanek