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Joseph Pierson


President of Cypress Films, Joseph founded the New York-based production company in 1987 in partnership with Jon Glascoe. His most recent producing and directing credit is EvenHand (Sundance Channel, Arts Alliance America), shot on location in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that he co-directed and co-produced (with Jon Glascoe) Cherry (Showcase Entertainment), a romantic comedy starring Shalom Harlow, Jake Weber and David McCallum.  In 1997, Joseph and Jon produced Julian Po, a Cypress Films production of a Fine Line film starring Christian Slater, Robin Tunney, Michael Parks and Cherry Jones.

Prior to joining Cypress, Joseph worked as a freelance location manager in New York, managing several films, including Five Corners (Jodie Foster, Tim Robbins, John Turturro), Broken Vows (Tommy Lee Jones) and Choices (George C. Scott, Jacqueline Bisset).

Joseph's first job in film was working as a production assistant for Woody Allen on A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy. He then worked as a production assistant on Mr. Allen's next three films, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose and The Purple Rose of Cairo. Other AD credits include Splash (NY shoot), The Flamingo Kid (NY shoot), Moscow on the Hudson (NY shoot) and the fabulous 80's cult classic, The Last Dragon, starring Taimak (who recently starred in the off-Broadway musical based on Road House).

Joseph majored in Studio Art at Middlebury College, graduating with departmental honors. He has an avid interest in historic preservation, serving on the Trustee's Council of the Preservation League of New York State and as a charter member of the board of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Joseph is also on the steering committee of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Young Friends of Film.

Joseph greatly enjoyed collaborating with Mr. Glascoe on their directorial debut, Cherry, although he is terrified of Jon's dog.

Joseph Pierson