Joanne is passionate and prolific. She has written and directed feature films, commercials and documentaries, lensed thousands of television commercials and directed national and international television shows. With more than 30 years in this ever-changing industry - and among a small population of women to break the glass ceiling early in her career - Joanne claims to never have worked a day in her life.
She has spearheaded film projects for Fortune 500 companies and has been recognized by the prestigious New York International Film Festival with the Gold Medal Award for direction as well as the coveted Grand Prize Award. Joanne has worked as director of photography on several feature length documentaries including, In the Footsteps of Elie Wiesel, narrated by Richard Gere, as well as the PBS feature length films, Laugh at Us and Sacagawea and the upcoming Dr. Maya Angelou Hallmark series. The 2009 dramatic narrative, Crossroads, co-written and directed by Joanne premiered at the Sundance Institute at the American's in the Arts Workshop led by filmmaker Robert Redford. In 2010 Joanne wrote and directed the feature length romantic comedy, Redneck Roots, and also directed Trinity Goodheart, the GMC network's highest rated television program ever.
Joanne's original screenplay, Wednesdays at the Gem, is her next directorial project. Gem, a semi-finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' prestigious screenwriting competition, the Nicholl Fellowship, is now in development and being read by several entertainment companies.