Joia Speciale was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for Best Cinematography on the award winning A& E TV series Intervention, which she shot for nine seasons. Joia Speciale's debut in the world of documentary film was via the offices of Al Maysles where she starting working as a researcher and assistant editor in the early 90s. That position allowed her to work on documentaries, commercials and industrial projects with some of the best documentary filmmakers in the country. The atmosphere there was a salon where documentarians collaborated creatively. In 1996 she began to pursue a career in cinematography. She worked her way up thru the camera department on independent feature films in new york. She has also been a camera operator, and 2nd unit DP on several independent features including Heights, a Merchant/Ivory Production, Maria Full of Grace, an HBO Films production, Killer Film's Camp, Henry Bean's The Believer (featuring Ryan Gosling), and Katherine Dieckmann's A Good Baby. Documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth, September issue, Iconoclasts for Sundance Channel, and Master Class For Oprah Netowrk, Commercials include,:Gateway Computers, Huggies, AOL, Papa Johns.
When Joia made her jump to DP, she went back to her roots in documentaries. She’s shot such films as, Won Suk Chin's E Dreams, Katja Esson’s “A Hole in the Sky” a film made five years after 9/11, Robin Hitchcock: Sex Food Death & Insects for Sundance Channel, a work in progress about Bollywood dance troupe in NYC.
She has also worked on other documentary and Reality shows include, as Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee, American Idol, Strip the City: LA, Oxygen Networks: I’m Having their Baby, BBC America Rude Awakening, Legal Diva, The Jenny Garth Project:HGTV.
Her own projects include: a behind the scenes look at the independent feature Garden State (starring Natalie Portman) as well as a web series for experimental filmmaker Cory McAbee’s “Stingray Sam”. A short film about Lewis Lapham for the ASME magazine awards.