Joe Van Eeckhout is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and photographer. Originally from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, he is currently based between New York and East Africa. Recent work has taken him to the India, Philippines, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Somalia.
He has a variety of experience including corporate and branded production, non-fiction television, and documentary news, including Emmy award-winning series, Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines.
Recent clients include The New York Times, The Travel Channel, The Guardian, NBC Left Field, Human Rights Watch, VICE News Tonight, VICE Sports, AJ+, and more.
His work primarily explores issues relating to climate change, conflict, human rights and political ecology. He is often drawn to stories exploring the evolving relationship between humans, resources, and land.
Joe is currently working on a character-driven documentary film in Wyoming, exploring the intersection between hunting and the conservation movement.
He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Macalester College and a Masters in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran School of Arts + Design at the George Washington University.
He completed HEFAT certification by Hawthorne Proactive in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2017, is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register and is FAA Part 107 Drone Certified.
Joe is available for commissions and assignments globally.
C L I E N T S
2019 Tribeca If/Then Documentary Shorts Pitch Competition Participant
2016 Nuba Reports Multimedia Producer Fellow
2015 Outstanding New Media Photojournalism Thesis
2015 NPPA Northern Short Course Team Multimedia - Third Place
2013 - 2015 Corcoran Graduate Fellowship
2014 Katrin Lamon Fellowship with the American Indian Graduate Center
MA New Media Photojournalism - Corcoran School of Arts at George Washington University
BA Media and Cultural Studies - Macalester College
2015 UpRising Festival, ReCreative Spaces, Washington D.C.
2015 NEXT Thesis Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.
2014 NMPJ Thesis Preview, Gallery 31, Washington D.C.
2014 Fresh Eyes, Gallery 31, Washington D.C.
2014 Fresh Eyes, Brooklyn Fireproof, New York City