Josh Safdie - Biography

Last Modified: Jan 31, 2023

Josh Safdie
Profession: Screenwriter, Film director, Film editor
Best Known For: Uncut Gems (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: Under Review

Personal Details

Born on : April 3, 1984 (age 39)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Joshua Safdie
Birth Place: New York City, USA
Horoscope: Aries
Father's Name: Alberto Safdie
Mother's Name: Amy
Siblings: 1

Benny Safdie (younger brother)

High School: Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
University: Boston University
Ethnicity: Jewish
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single

Body Measurements

Height: 1.78 meter (5 feet 10 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Josh Safdie?

Josh Safdie, one-half of the Safdie brothers, is a screenwriter, film director, and film editor by profession and American by nationality. With his younger brother Benny Safdie, he is best known for his work in films Good Time, Uncut Gems, and the TV series The Curse.

Josh Safdie – Age, Parents, Siblings

Josh Safdie’s birth took place on born April 3, 1984, in New York City, USA. His full name is Joshua Safdie, his father’s name is Alberto Safdie and his mother’s name is Amy. He is not the only child of his parents and has a sibling- a younger brother named Benny Safdie who also took the same career choices. 

Following their parents’ divorce, the Safdie brothers grew up between Queens with their father and Manhattan with their mother.

Other famous names in his family include architect Moshe Safdie (uncle) and playwright Oren Safdie (cousin).

Benny and Josh Safdie (Image: DGA)

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Josh Safdie attended Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School. He went on to attend the Boston University College of Communication and graduated from the same in 2007. While still a college student, he founded Red Bucket Films with Benny Safdie, Alex Kalman, Sam Lisenco, Brett Jutkiewicz, and Zachary Treitz.

His ethnicity is Jewish - Sephardic Jew from his father’s side and Ashkenazi Jew from his mother’s side.

Josh Safdie – Wife, Girlfriend, Children, Divorce

Josh Safdie is currently believed to be single sans wife or children. There are no records of his dating history, relationships, or girlfriends. As he has never been married, divorce is out of context.

Benny and Josh Safdie (Image: Los Angeles Times)

Josh Safdie – Career

Early Days

Safdie began his career as a director in the early 2000s and continued to work in short films for at least a decade. The short films in which he worked are Lethargy (2002; also writer), Alberto Lives in a Bathroom (2004), The Adventures of Slaters's Friend (2005), I Think I'm Missing Parts (2006), There's Nothing You Can Do (2008), John's Gone (2010), etc.

Writer, Director, Producer

Finally, Josh Safdie began directing films including Straight Hustle (2011), Lose Her Island (2012), Heartland (2013), Heaven Knows What (2014; also writer), Good Time (2017; also a writer), Uncut Gems (2019; also writer), among others.

As a writer, Josh Safdie’s work includes Daddy Longlegs (2009; also producer). Moreover, he also is the executive producer of the TV series The Curse (2023), Chillin Island (2021-2022), and films The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008; also writer), etc.

With Benny Safdie, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Ronald Bronstein, and Oscar Boyson, he founded the independent film production studio Elara Pictures in 2014.


On the set of The Curse, Josh Safdie has worked alongside Allan Mustafa, Emer Kenny, Natalie Klamar, Therese Bradley, and Abraham Popoola.

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie worked in Uncut Gems (Image: The Daily Texan)

Josh Safdie – Awards, Nominations

Josh Safdie with his brother Benny Safdie, has been nominated for AFI Fest (2014), Black Reel Awards (2014), Cannes Film Festival (2009, 2017), Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2020), Gijón International Film Festival (2009), Gotham Awards (2015, 2017, 2019), Independent Spirit Awards (2011, 2016, 2018, 2020), Los Angeles Film Critics Association (2019), San Diego Film Critics Society (2019), Seattle Film Critics Society (2019), Stockholm International Film Festival (2012, 2014), Sundance Film Festival (2012), etc.

Among the nominations, he received awards for Awards Circuit Community Awards (2017), three Independent Spirit Awards (2011, 2020), the National Board of Review (2019), New York Film Critics Circle (2019), San Diego Film Critics Society (2019), and Sundance Film Festival  (2012).

Josh Safdie – Net Worth, Salary

The figure on the net worth and annual salary of Josh Safdie is under review.

Josh Safdie – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Safdie is active on Twitter but is absent from Facebook and Instagram.

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