Emmy Award-winning composer Joel Goodman creates music for narrative feature films, documentaries, television, album releases, performance ensembles and other forms of collaborative media. Joel has scored over 125 films and television programs that have received 5 Oscar nominations, 20 Emmy awards and over 30 Emmy nominations. He has scored over 40 films for HBO and composed the Main Theme for the long-running and critically acclaimed PBS series American Experience. His scores can regularly be heard in movie theaters and on television around the world.
Joel has collaborated with an impressive array of distinguished directors and producers including Neil LaBute, Albert Maysles, Andrew Jarecki, Barbara Kopple, Wong Kar-wai, Rachel Grady, Marshall Curry, Sebastian Junger, Barak Goodman, Alexandra Pelosi, Michael Epstein, Oren Jacoby, Irene Taylor Brodsky, and Fisher Stevens. Joel recently completed scores to: Jay Myself (Oscilloscope) about the celebrated photographer and collector Jay Maisel; Voyeur (Netflix), the story of iconic journalist Gay Talese’s relationship with a motel owner that spied on guests; Q Ball (Fox Sports), about the San Quentin prison basketball team; Obit (Amazon), an endearing and uplifting look into the secret world of New York Times obituary writers; and Everything Is Copy (HBO), a candid portrait of beloved author and screenwriter Nora Ephron. A native New Yorker, Joel lives in Los Angeles, where he enjoys riding his bicycle and of course, many hours writing music.