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.


Joel has scored over 125 films. Following is a partial credit list of original score composed and produced by Joel.

Mae West: Dirty Blonde dir. Sally Rosenthal & Julia Marchesi PBS – American Masters
On Broadway dir. Oren Jacoby Doc NYC, Independent
League of Legends: Origins dir. Leslie Iwerks Netflix
Jay Myself dir. Stephen Wilkes Doc NYC, Oscilloscope
Q Ball dir. Michael Tolajian SFFILM, Fox Sports
Outside the Bubble dir. Alexandra Pelosi HBO
The Gilded Age dir. Sarah Colt American Experience
Ted Williams dir. Nick Davis American Masters
Voyeur dir. Josh Koury, Myles Kane Netflix; 2017 New York FF
Shadowman dir. Oren Jacoby 2017 Tribeca FF
Hell on Earth dir. Sebastian Junger, Nick Quested National Geographic; 2017 Tribeca FF
Obit dir. Vanessa Gould Amazon; 2016 Tribeca FF, 2016 Hot Docs, 2016 AFI Docs
La Laguna dir. Aaron Shock 2016 Hot Docs, 2016 Full Frame FF, 2017 Cinema Eye Honors Award
The Boys of ’36 dir. Margaret Grossi PBS; 2017 Emmy Nominee
Everything Is Copy dir. Jacob Bernstein, Nick Hooker HBO; 2015 New York FF
Dirty Weekend dir. Neil LaBute 2015 Tribeca FF
Walt Disney dir. Sarah Colt PBS; American Experience
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah dir. Adam Benzine HBO; 2017 Canadian Screen Awards Nominee; 2015 Hot Docs
Prescription Thugs dir. Chris Bell 2015 Tribeca FF
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies dir. Barak Goodman; prod. Ken Burns PBS
An Honest Liar dir. Tyler Measom & Justin Weinstein 2015 Tribeca FF; Hot Docs
JFK dir. Susan Bellows PBS; American Experience; 2014 Emmy Winner
Which Way is the Front Line from Here? dir. Sebastian Junger HBO; 2013 Sundance FF; 2014 Emmy Nominee
American Winter dir. Joe Gantz and Harry Gantz HBO; 2014 Emmy Nominee
Running from Crazy dir. Barbara Kopple OWN; 2013 Sundance FF; 2014 Emmy Nominee
Being Elmo dir. Constance Marks Theatrical; PBS; 2011 Sundance FF Award Winner
Saving Pelican #895 dir. Irene Taylor-Brodsky HBO; 2012 Emmy Award Winner
Racing Dreams dir. Marshall Curry ESPN; 2009 Tribeca FF
A Small Act dir. Jennifer Arnold HBO; 2010 Sundance FF
Valentino: The Last Emperor dir. Matt Tyrnauer Theatrical; 2009 Toronto FF
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