Born in 1985, Josh Medcalf has lived in the northwest suburbs of Chicago all his life. In May 2009, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Film and Video.
He has worked as a film editor on numerous short films, as a freelance wedding photographer and videographer, and as a staff writer for the Parallax Review, a film criticism website with an emphasis in cult/underground cinema. His work has been featured in the Chicago-based publication Pith Magazine, and the online literary and art magazine Sloth Jockey. He is also a freelance charcoal artist whose work has been exhibited at the Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL. Most recently his piece "Declan" won Best of Show at the gallery's "Fourth Fridays" juried art competition as well as the People's Choice Award. His series "See-Through" was featured there in January 2013.
In 2012, Josh directed and shot a documentary about the Dublin band The Irish House Party during their Chicagoland tour, a project which is currently in post-production. Also in 2012, he launched the webcomic series Who Saw The Deep, an ongoing project with fellow comic book artist Jake Hollander.
He is currently producing a series of engaging and insightful training videos for the ACLS Certification Institute with longtime EMS Instructor Mark Dzwonkiewicz, and accepting commissions for charcoal illustrations.
Josh likes being shocked into new modes of awareness and hopes that his work is able to accomplish the same for others. A common theme in his work is that of confronting fear - fear of the failure that often comes with experimentation and exploring beyond one's comfort zone. In his work, he likes to examine the raging, subconscious voices that ram against the walls of inhibition we build inside our heads. There is something dark there, but also something beautiful.