Joy Millana

No picture - large sizeAssistant Professor
Media, Journalism and Film

Academic Interests

  • Independent Filmmaking
  • Storytelling that involves ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual, and generational contrast

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Premeditated aka Profiled (Feature Film) - Director/Associate Producer
  • Official Selection The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival (September 2014)
  • Official Selection Indie Gathering Film Festival (August 2014)
  • Official Selection Trinity International Film Festival (July 2014)
  • Public encore screening at The Drexel Theater in Bexley, Ohio (July 2014)
  • Premiere at the AMC Lennox in Columbus, Ohio to a sold out audience (June 2014)  Pantac USA (Commercial) – Producer/Director

Plus many other accomplishments    

Previous Experience

  • Red Ball (2016) 10 Minute Animation Short Film Columbus, OH Director/Producer Anti-Hero Studios
  • Profiled (2015) 94 Minute Feature Film Columbus, OH Director/Associate Producer Awalkonwater Entertainment Redbox Distribution
  • Bird (2015) 134 Minute Feature Film Los Angeles, CA Producer/First Assistant Director Director Dave Mack Anti-Hero Studios  Noah’s Water
  • Flood Your Thirst (2014) 30 Second Television Commercial Modesto, CA Co-producer/Editor Director Micah Brandt UFO Pictures  Templeton Rye Whiskey

Plus numerous other career experiences


Columbus, OH


  • Snowboarding
  • Playing Guitar
  • Poetry
  • Traveling
  • Learning new languages

Future Goals and Aspirations

  • Traveling
  • Learning
  • Making
  • Mentoring
  • Inspiring

Life Outside the University

When Joy is not flying down a powdered hill on her snowboard or jamming on one of her electric guitars, you’ll find her at Starbucks or the local bookstore people watching. As an active career student of living life to its fullest, Joy ventures out to new places, satisfying her appetite for exotic food and foreign language while honing the craft of transforming strangers into friends. Joy constantly learns and enriches herself with encounters with all types of people, colorful places, and exotic cultures. An avid fan of classical literature, books by the likes of Amy Tan, J.D. Salinger, and F. Scott Fitzgerald can be found scattered across her bedroom floor. Her favorite book of all time continues to be Webster’s Dictionary. Don’t let her profession as a film director fool you. Joy will always prefer books over their film adaptations. She finds Spanish films to be insightful, brilliant, and sexy.

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