Joan Scheckel is a producer, director, writer, photographer and teacher. She is the founder of JSFL and the creator of “The Technique”, the most influential craft to be developed since Strasberg’s “The Method”.   “The Technique” is a groundbreaking approach to writing, directing and acting craft known throughout Hollywood and the international film world as the crucial force behind the most exciting film and television being made today. Joan’s Filmmaking Labs have fostered 80 released projects, 71 of which came to the Labs without financing or finished scripts. To date, they have earned over 700 award nominations and over 400 wins, including major nods at the Emmys and Oscars.

Credits include: Jill Soloway’s Emmy Award Winning “Transparent” (Consulting Producer); Mike Mills Academy Award Winning “Beginners” (Executive Producer); Niki Caro’s “The Vintner’s Luck” (Co-Writer);  Niki Caro’s Academy Award Nominated “Whale Rider”, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Academy Award winning “Little Miss Sunshine”; Rupert Sanders Academy Award Nominated “Snow White and the Huntsman”; Alison Maclean’s Venice Little Golden Lion Winner”Jesus’ Son”;  Miranda July’s Golden Berlin Bear Nominated “The Future”; Richard Press’ Spirit Award Nominated “Bill Cunningham NY”; Sacha Gervasi’s Spirit Award Winning “Anvil:The Story of Anvil”; Mark Ruffalo’s Sundance Award Winning “Sympathy For Delicious”; Jill Soloway’s Sundance  Award Winning “Afternoon Delight”; Nick Jarecki’s Golden Globe Nominated “Arbitrage”;  Mark Romanek’s “One Hour Photo” and many more. With her reputation as a master of film and episodic craft firmly established, Scheckel believes passionately in the power of story: “I believe human beings crave authentic connection to themselves and others – and find it in stories that are daring, real, and true to the heart. From this root, I am compelled to bring about movies that inspire life.”