A former licensed social worker, writer/filmmaker Josef Steiff often creates films, installations, performance and written work that reflect his interest in the ways that people struggle to make personal sense out of random, impersonal events, exhibiting in the United States, Europe and Asia.
His short films include writing and directing the award-winning I Like My Boyfriend Drunk, Catching Fire and Borders as well as the documentary, How Will I Tell? Surviving Sexual Assault, in addition to Eclipse, Indian Summer and producing Safe Word.
His feature work includes writing/directing The Other One and the last installment of the Split Pillow experiment in collaborative filmmaking SoulMaid as well as producing Rhapsody. For MBC Television, he line produced More Beautiful Than A Flower, the first Korean feature-length film to deal openly with disabilities, and he has served as general crew on Michael Moore’s Roger & Me and Wendy Weinberg’s Academy Award nominated documentary, Beyond Imagining. His first feature, The Other One, received four Indie Awards and is currently screening at film festivals.
He contributed a sound installation to the first major art exhibition regarding HIV in the United States, "AIDS: The Artists' Response," and is the writer/performer of the critically acclaimed one-man show Golden Corral that reflects on his experience growing up and working in rural Appalachia. His books include Storytelling Across Worlds: Transmedia for Creatives and Producers, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up?, Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder, Manga and Philosophy: Fullmetal Metaphysician and Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy: The Footsteps of a Gigantic Mind.