Description of Work
Yoni Brook is a director and cinematographer. He considers his work in the tradition of cinema verite filmmaking that emphasizes long observation over conclusive statements. Recently, he’s begun to work in social practice documentary – engaging people via the documentary medium through public art. He is currently workshopping "Mailman Walks", a live documentary performance in which audiences walk with a mailman during his daily rounds in Richmond Hill, NY. The project was featured at the Conflux Festival at NYU.
He has directed three documentary films for national primetime broadcast on PBS: "Bronx Princess" about a teenage African princess; "The Calling", a four-hour series following a year in the life of young religious leaders; and "A Son's Sacrifice", about a father-son relationship at a halal slaughterhouse in Queens, which won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival. He shot the feature film “Valley of Saints” while under military curfew in Kashmir. The film won the Audience Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Prior to making films, Brook worked as a photojournalist at The New York Times and Washington Post, where his work won the field's highest honors at the Pictures of the Year and Best of Photojournalism competitions. Brook is an alumnus of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
"A Son's Sacrifice" - 2006
"Valley of Saints" - 2012
"Bronx Princess" - 2008
New York, NY
Film & Video