Joel Potrykus

Joel Potrykus


Assistant Professor
Film & Video Production

Office: 219 Lake Superior Hall
Phone: (616) 331-3548
Email: p[email protected]


Joel Potrykus is a Michigan-based independent filmmaker, specializing in screenwriting and guerilla style production. His work typically deals with the unhealthy ways in which antisocial outsiders confront anxiety and isolation. His films have screened at SXSW, the Lincoln Center for the Arts, the Cinémathèque Française in Paris, and are currently streaming on the Criterion Channel. His screenplays are part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science Permanent Collection, and the George A. Romero Archival Collection.


MFA, Writing for Film and Television, Emerson College

BS, Film & Video Production, Grand Valley State University


  • FVP 261 - Scriptwriting I
  • FVP 321 - Fiction Filmmaking I
  • FVP 362 - Scriptwriting II
  • FVP 421 - Fiction Filmmaking II



Actor in room setting fire with a lighter and lighter fluid

Ape, 2012

Actor with Taped Hands in bed in a robe, and eating a plate of pasta

Buzzard, 2014

Two men in a living room sitting on a couch, one shirtless. The shirted man is pouring a glass of milk while the other is playing a video game

Relaxer, 2018

Man sitting in kitchen near a sink wrapped in Christmas lights

The Alchemist Cookbook, 2016

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