Joseph F. Ferro is an American filmmaker known for THE WIRE (2002), HOUSE OF CARDS (2013) and POCKET (2017). Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, a mere ten minutes from downtown Los Angeles, Joseph is an unabashedly patriotic Angelino. A graduate of the world renowned UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, holding a M.F.A in Film, and gaining early acceptance to San Diego State's film program when he was only sixteen (16), you could say Joe was "fated" to be a Filmmaker.
Joseph’s professional career began in 1996 when he was hired as a staff writer and 2nd unit director on the NBC police procedural television show HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET. The show won Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Drama in 1996, 1997, and 1998. That project was just the beginning of a working relationship that Joe would cultivate with with his mentor, David Simon, that would last for over a decade. Culminating with Joe’s work on the acclaimed HBO television series THE WIRE.
Today, Joseph works exclusively on developing his own original television, feature and short film content with producer Anne Grauso at their newly formed production company JoAnne Pictures in Los Angeles.
Film by Joseph F. Ferro (Drama) Writer, Producer, Director Nick Adams, recently returned Vietnam veteran, struggles to reconnect with his true love, his family and his friends. Hoping to find a meaningful life in his small lake-town community.
House of Cards
Television (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Majority House Whip Francis Underwood takes you on a long journey as he exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him - that is, his own cabinet members including the President of the United States himself. Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this Americanized recreation of the BBC series of the same name. Written by Jacob Oberfrank
Television by David Simon (Drama and Music) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Life after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans try to rebuild their lives, their homes, and their unique culture in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in the USA.
Television by David Simon (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Set in Baltimore, this show centers around the city's inner-city drug scene. It starts as mid-level drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. After a conversation with a judge, Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell, enforcer Wee-Bey and many lieutenants (including his own nephew, D'Angelo Barksdale), has to deal with law enforcement, informants in his own camp, and competition with a local rival, Omar, who's been robbing Barksdale's dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problems, such as a corrupt bureaucracy, some of his detectives beating suspects, hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. The show depicts the lives of every part of the drug "food chain", from junkies to dealers, and from cops to politicians. Written by Yuri
Film by M. Night Shyamalan (Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Preacher Graham Hess, played by Mel Gibson, has lost his faith in God after his wife dies in a brutal car accident. He along with his son and daughter and his brother Merrill moves into a farmhouse. Crop circles begin to appear in their corn fields which Graham dismisses as mischief by miscreants. After hearing strange noises and watching news coverage on crop circles appearing all over the world, the family begins to suspect of extraterrestrial activities. Now they must stick together and believe, as a family to survive the ordeal and find a way to escape from the clutches of the alien invaders. Written by Radhakrishnan
Television by Alison Cross (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A new lawyer tries to maintain her distance from her sometimes guilty clients, but building a good rep threatens to overcome her passion.
Television (Crime and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Chronicles West Baltimore family living in poverty on the front lines of America's drug war.
Homicide: Life on the Street
Television by Paul Attanasio (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director A one-hour drama inspired by David Simon's acclaimed non-fiction book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets." It is at once a mundane yet compelling look in and around a Homicide unit of the Baltimore Police Department, a group of determined individuals who are committed to their grim job at hand. Written by Karina Santos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
UCLA (M.F.A. in Film and Television)
UCLA (B.A. in Film and Television)