Joe Rubenstein, writer, musician, sound designer and creator of the Gotham Variety podcast, studied at Yale University and works in New York. His project prior to Gotham Variety was Working Musician, a 7-episode web series about struggling young jazz musicians in NYC. His short documentary The Gender Line, focusing on painter Virginia Wagner’s transgender portrait series, was an official selection of the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. His short film Russian Blue was an official selection of The Seattle True Independent Festival, The Big Apple Film Festival, The New Filmmakers New York 2014 series, The Sunset Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts (Shorts and Micro Cinema) in L.A. Joe composed the soundtrack for the acclaimed TLC documentary Ruby Ridge: Anatomy of a Tragedy and his music has been used in (Discovery) Alaska: The Last Frontier, Man-Woman-Wild, Mundos Extremo; (TLC) Babies Behind Bars, My Strange Addiction, Hoarding: Buried Alive, All-American Muslim; (Animal Planet) It’s Me Or The Dog, Wild Russia, Creatures Like Us; (OWN TV) Extreme Clutter, Why Not? With Shania Twain, Enough Already! With Peter Walsh. He was Music Director of the Obie Award-winning off-Broadway production Eli’s Comin’ (directed by Diane Paulus) and Founder/Artistic Director of the NYC music festival Keys to the Future (2005-11).