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Meet Joe Clarke

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joe Clarke.

Hi Joe, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I am a filmmaker, entrepreneur, amateur quantum physicist, professional wrestling aficionado, and Hong Kong action connoisseur. I grew up all over the Midwest, but consider Iowa my home. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been passionate about movies and filmmaking. I love entertaining people, writing/directing films, and making people laugh. It’s always been a lifelong goal to move to LA, which I was finally able to do three years ago. I come from a family full of big, hilarious, and loving personalities who support my ambitions in a deep way. In addition, all of my friends are cool, successful, charismatic, and interesting people. I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by friends and family who push me to work hard, think big, and pursue my goals in a thoughtful way.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’ve been very lucky and fortunate to be put into positions throughout my life to be able to express myself in a self-actualizing way. While I do feel that the film industry is full of obstacles and challenges, I try and enjoy the ride as much as possible because I know that I’m fortunate to be in the position that I’m in.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I run Backrow Studios, an independent film production company in Beverly Hills. We have produced all kinds of films, including a Christmas talking dog movie, a documentary about pro wrestling, psychological thrillers, comedies, and kung fu flicks. Our latest feature film, “Alta Vista” is starting its festival run. We opened at the Culver City Film Festival in December and will be playing at film festivals around the world throughout 2021, including the Beverly Hills Film Festival in late April. It’s our smallest film, but it’s also one that I’m very proud of. I play a screenwriter who moves to LA after the death of his father and finds himself sinking into Hollywood’s underbelly. The film is a commitment to the craft to filmmaking, and I’m excited for people to see it. We are also working on several scripts and projects as we continue to build Backrow into a fully functioning studio.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
I’m currently reading The Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee, The Number of the Heavens: A History of the Multiverse and the Quest to Understand the Cosmos by Tom Siegfried, and How to Build a Time Machine by Paul Davies.

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Eddie Damisch -Poster – The Formula, Kung Fu Graffiti Louis Percival -Poster – Spiral Jesse Christenson – Poster – Headstrong Traffic Photo – Juston Street

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