Jacob Kornbluth is an award winning writer and director of feature films, TV, and theater. He has had 3 feature films premiere at the Sundance Film Festival – HAIKU TUNNEL (Sony Pictures Classics) and THE BEST THEIF IN THE WORLD (Showtime Independent) were narrative films, and INEQUALITY FOR ALL (Radius / Weinstein) was a documentary. INEQUALITY, his most recent film, won the special jury prize for excellence in filmmaking at Sundance 2013, did the best box office for an issue doc since WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, and is out on DVD now. In 2014 he worked on the Showtime series about climate change, “Years of Living Dangerously”, that is executive produced by James Cameron, Arnold Swartzenegger, and Jerry Weintraub. His work on that show won an Emmy.
Jacob started his career as a writer and director in the theater. He collaborated on and directed three successful solo shows in San Francisco. "THE MOISTURE SEEKERS", "PUMPING COPY" (both with Josh Kornbluth), and "THE FACE BY THE DOOR" (with Christina Robbins). All three were nominated for or won "Best Of The Bay" awards and successfully toured the country, and a later version of "THE MOISTURE SEEKERS" (called "Red Diaper Baby") has been included in anthologies of the best one man shows of the 90's.
Currently Jacob lives and works as a screenwriter and a director in Berkeley, CA.
Josh Kornbluth was raised in New York City, then worked as a copyeditor at a series of alternative newspapers in Chicago and Boston before moving to San Francisco on the evening of May 11, 1987. While supporting himself as a temp, he performed at open mikes around the Bay Area. Then, in 1989, he opened his first autobiographical monologue, Josh Kornbluth’s Daily World, at Enrico Banducci’s hungry id in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Since then he has created and performed a series of solo shows, including Red Diaper Baby, Haiku Tunnel, The Mathematics of Change, Ben Franklin: Unplugged, Love & Taxes, Citizen Josh, Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews? (commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum), and a multi-person show titled Sea of Reeds.
As an actor, he has appeared in several films: the back of his head was seen in Searching for Bobby Fischer; he played a giant cigarette pack in Francis Ford Coppola’s Jack; and he had more extensive parts in Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Teknolust (he was seduced by Tilda Swinton) and Jonathan Parker’s Bartleby (no seductions whatsoever). In 2001 the feature-film version of Haiku Tunnel, starring Josh and co-directed by Josh and his brother Jacob, was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and then released nationally by Sony Pictures Classics.
Red Diaper Baby was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, and was included in the annual Best American Plays collection. A concert film of Red Diaper Baby, directed by Doug Pray, debuted on the Sundance Channel and was later released on DVD by Josh’s company, Quixotic Projects. Also from Quixotic: a second concert film of The Mathematics of Change, directed by brother Jacob. Josh has done two audiobooks of his own pieces for Audible.com (also available on iTunes): Red Diaper Baby and Ben Franklin: Unplugged ... and Other Comic Monologues. For two years he hosted an interview program on San Francisco’s public television station, KQED, cleverly titled The Josh Kornbluth Show. His most recent movie role before Love & Taxes was in Hershman Leeson’s Strange Culture. Later this year Josh will premiere a new solo piece, The Bottomless Bowl, based on his experiences as artist-in-residence and volunteer at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco.
Currently, Josh is a Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF, where he is developing a solo show about dementia and is also working with dementia patients and their caregivers on telling their own stories. He continues to volunteer at the Zen Hospice Project. Josh lives in Berkeley, CA, with his wife and son. His website is at joshkornbluth.com.