Joshua Leonard (Lonnie/Director/Co-Writer)

JOSHUA LEONARD – Lonnie/Director/Co-Writer

Joshua Leonard is a Los Angeles based actor and filmmaker who first garnered attention for his memorable role in 1999’s lo-fi thriller THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Leonard has continued to work in projects that push the envelope, including 2009’s Independent Spirit Award-winning HUMPDAY, HBO’s acclaimed series HUNG and Showtime’s UNITED STATES OF TARA.

Leonard had two films that premiered at this years’ Sundance Film Festival — As an actor, starring in Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut HIGHER GROUND, Leonard played a man at odds with his wife (Farmiga). He also directed and starred in THE LIE, a devilish morality tale adapted from the story by acclaimed author, T.C. Boyle.  The project, co-starred indie darlings Mark Webber, Jess Weixler, and Jane Adams.

Most recently, he completed filming THE MOTEL LIFE, an adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel, starring opposite Emile Hirsch and Kris Kristofferson.

Leonard directed the short film, THE YOUTH IN US  (Sundance ’05). Art doc, BEAUTIFUL LOSERS followed, winning the Grand Jury prize at Cinevegas in 2008.  He has also directed music videos for many popular acts, such as Morcheeba, Harper Simon, and Fitz and the Tantrums.