Joshua Michael Stern is a unique talent who writes, directs, and often self generates financing for his projects. Jobs, Josh’s third feature film, was the closing night film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired for distribution by Open Road Films and opened nationwide in August of that year. Jobs stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, and Matthew Modine.
Previously, Josh co-wrote and directed Disney’s Swing Vote, a Capra-esque fable starring Kevin Costner as a working-class slacker in a small New Mexico border town who, thanks to a voting machine glitch, single-handedly decides the presidential election. The movie co-stars Kelsey Grammer as the incumbent and Dennis Hopper as the challenger, who try to win Costner’s vote.
In 2005, Josh’s debut feature Neverwas opened the Toronto International Film Festival. Neverwas stars an acclaimed cast including Aaron Eckhart, Nick Nolte, Sir Ian McKellan, Jessica Lange, Brittany Murphy, William Hurt, and Vera Farmiga.
A career as a filmmaker seemed like a natural fit for Stern, who was born into a family with a unique showbusiness pedigree. His grandmother, Nancy Green, worked as David O. Selznick’s East Coast studio executive, discovering such talent as Marlon Brando, and bringing British actors such as Alec Guinness and Jessica Tandy, to America. Stern’s grandfather, Jules Green, was the original executive producer of “The Tonight Show,” which he created with Steve Allen.
Lionsgate’s GRAVES for EPIX is Joshua’s first TV project. A show he created and wrote, Josh also directed the pilot. Starring Nick Nolte, Skylar Astin, and Sela Ward, GRAVES is the story of a former two-term President who realizes that many things he did as President messed the country up, so he goes on a Don Quixote-like journey to right his administration’s wrongs.