Josef Saraha Geiger is an American director, cinematographer and editor.
He is best known for the “Pumped Up Kicks” music video for Foster the People for which he was nominated by MTV for Best Rock Music Video in 2011.
Born on a commune in southern Sweden, Josef moved to the United States at four years old and was raised in the quasi-suburban wilds of southern Maine.
He learned filmmaking during his enlistment as an AV Documentation Specialist for the Massachusetts Air National Guard and during his education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating with a degree in Communications.
Following college Josef decided to move to Los Angeles in 2004. While in LA, he worked on various projects from music videos, behind the scenes videos, web series, short films and spec commercials.
In 2014 Josef moved to Hamburg, Germany. Once there he quickly found himself utilizing his filmmaking skills for clients such as Sparkasse Lüneburg, Lagardére Sports, STILL, Bundesliga teams (HSV, FC Nürnberg, Karlsruher SC, Bielefeld SC), DFB Pokal 2015, Telekom Cup 2014, DSV Weltcup - Garmisch Partenkirchen. He continues to live and work out of Hamburg.
Coming from an international family of visual artists, Josef takes many of his visual ideas and cues from his unconventional upbringing and life experiences. His grandmother Katja
and cousin Lotta Stensson
are fashion designers, his grandfather Rod
was film producer, his cousin Simen Johan
is an art photographer and his brother Rumi
is a filmmaker as well.