Joe Fab is an award-winning producer, writer, and director with more than 30 years experience in film and video, communications, and the live presentation of plays and music. His acclaimed documentary Paper Clips tells the story of a group of rural Tennessee middle school students who met Holocaust survivors from around the world and how those experiences transformed them and their community. An extraordinary experiment in education, Paper Clips received numerous film festival awards, was one of the National Board of Review’s top five documentaries of 2004, and received the Jewish Image Award for promotion of cross-cultural communication. Fab is particularly proud to have written lyrics sung by bluegrass artist Alison Krauss on the soundtrack of Paper Clips.
Fab has worked with Presidents Clinton, Carter, and Bush (both George H. W. and George W.) and an array of other political figures, from Sam Nunn to Orrin Hatch. He recently produced the premiere presentation of “Amazing Peace,” a new poem by Maya Angelou, performed by the author herself. Fab has written for such diverse actors as Gregory Peck, Mary Steenburgen, Shirley Jones, and Alan Alda, and personalities like Mary Matalin, James Carville, Willard Scott, and Al Roker–to name but a few. As a producer, he has presented literally scores of entertainers, including such artists as Tony Bennett, Tina Turner, Placido Domingo, Reneé Fleming, Cher, Charlotte Church, Marty Stuart, Bonnie Raitt, Arlo Guthrie, Boy George and Culture Club, and many more.
Fab produces and writes the opening ceremonies for the annual Christmas Pageant of Peace, featuring entertainment and the lighting of the national Christmas tree by the president of the United States. Television productions include programs for the Discovery Channel and the History Channel, as well as the NBA-focused documentary Crossover, which he executive produced in conjunction with Penny Marshall and Magic Johnson for Showtime.
He has been married for 28 years to the lovely Kay Fab, a voiceover artist heard in the opening moments of Paper Clips. He is also the proud father of Joshua, the doting grandfather of D.J., Parker, and Jordan, and the humble master of Gus and Cosette.