Writer, Director, Editor Joel Jay Blacker was struck by lightning in 2005 at the tender age of twelve. The brush with nature did not leave him with supernatural powers, but he still managed to channel that energy into each and every one of his creative endeavors over the years.
Joel was born in the small town of London, England. After tussling with schoolyard bullies and football firms, he made the long boat ride over to America, bringing with him his talent for wit and brevity, his dark, humorous perspective, and an eye for strong visuals coupled with deep, mature storytelling.
Some say Joel can still feel the rush of electricity, allowing him to predict lightning storms hours before they arrive. The distant thrum of dark thunderclouds burns constantly in his ears, transforming into a natural sort of rhythm that suffuses all of his work, giving him a natural edge when it comes to filming dance and music videos. Commercials, music videos, and more: each one bears the same trademark energy, rhythm, and joie de vivre.
– ‘Let’s Do It’ (2016), a Short Written and Directed by Joel. Premiered online with Short of the Week. Featured on Directors Notes and FilmShortage. WINNER of the Best Ensemble Cast & Best Supporting Actor Awards at Atlanta Comedy Film Festival. OFFICIAL SELECTION of deadCenter Film Festival (2017), LA Comedy Festival (2017), Hollywood Comedy Shorts Festival (2017), North Hollywood CineFest (2017) and Atlanta Comedy Film Festival (2017).
– “A Thing Called Love” (2015) a short written and directed by Joel, had it’s festival premiere at the LA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL. It also screened at the NORTH HOLLYWOOD CINEFEST 2016 and was featured as a daily short pick on FILMSHORTAGE.com.
Commercial clients include: Fat Burger, The Virtual Reality Company, St. Joesph Center, Palabra, Z Power, Candwich, MVMT, Trikke, WorthPoint, XY Find It, Hygen, Dott, An Old Soul Jewelry, Bonga Foods and Waxing Poetic.