Josh Penn is a producer with the Department of Motion Pictures. He produced BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, the Cannes Caméra d’Or, and was nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Picture). In addition, Josh was nominated for Outstanding Producer at the 2013 Producer’s Guild Awards. He has produced MONSTERS AND MEN (Sundance Special Jury Prize), Philly D.A. (Winner of the 2021 Gotham Award for Breakthrough Nonfiction Series), 32 Sounds (Sundance 2022 Opening event), A THOUSAND THOUGHTS, WENDY, USERS (Sundance 2021 Best Directors Award), and FAREWELL AMOR among others. He was an Executive Producer on PATTI CAKE$, WESTERN (Sundance Special Jury Prize), THE GREAT INVISIBLE (SXSW Grand Jury Prize), and BLOODY NOSE EMPTY POCKETS. Josh and the DMP had three films premiere at Sundance 2020, and three more in Sundance 2021.
In 2018, Josh became a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. Outside of his work in film, Josh was previously the Michigan New Media Director for President Obama’s 2008 campaign and a Senior Digital Program Manager for the 2012 re-election campaign.