Joe Balass is an independent filmmaker working in both fiction and documentary. He resides in Montreal where he operates a production company, Compass Productions Inc. In addition, he also works as a freelance producer, editor and cameraman. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq and after escaping with his family at the age of four, he eventually settled in Canada. Balass has produced and directed a number of award-winning films and videos.  He expresses a very spontaneous blend of seriousness and humour in his approach to filmmaking. JOY! Portrait of a Nun is his most recent film. At present, Joe Balass is working on a new documentary project as well as a fiction feature.