Joji Baratelli is an 18 year old filmmaker and photographer from Los Angeles.
Although he had a passion for finger-painting and the finer arts at an early age, his current full-fledged pursuit of film and photography began at age thirteen, when he found his dad’s old SLR lying in a closet. After teaching himself the basics of analogue and digital photography, he was introduced to film as an artform, and has since developed a keen passion for the craft—in theory and practice. Now, he prides himself as an avid lover of art-house cinema and an sort-of auteur connoisseur, of which Godard, Antonioni, and Tarkovsky rank in his favorites—while the likes of Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank inspire his still work. This love and passion for both mediums has lead to a number of visually-motivated and humanist short films over the last couple years; his documentaries and narratives have screened in student film festivals across the U.S.—most notably appearing in the 2018 edition of the LA Film Festival’s Future Filmmaker Showcase. A recent graduate of Crossroads School, Joji is currently taking a gap year—backpacking, globetrotting, taking photos, and making films—before continuing his education next fall at Yale (Class of 2023). He is currently represented by Adolescent Content, writing and directing commercials and short films for youth-oriented, international brands.