Joseph Mathew was born and brought up in Kerala, India. After he moved to the U.S in 1994, he eschewed a career in Finance to pursue a lifelong covert dream of becoming a photographer and filmmaker. He studied photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His interest in photojournalism led him to freelance assignments for the Associated Press and other local newspapers. With the advent of Digital Video in the late 1990’s he ventured into long-form story-telling. He first got recognized for his groundbreaking documentary, Crossing Arizona. Almost three years in the making, it is the definitive film on immigration along U.S’ southern border. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and has won numerous awards and distributed around the world. In 2009, Joseph made his first feature narrative, the award winning Bombay Summer. He lives in New York city.