- LEFT ON PURPOSE
- THE GUARDIANS
- GIRL MODEL
- RICH HILL
- SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR
- WORDS WITH GODS
- A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH: A FILM ABOUT CITIES THROUGH THE LENS OF JANE JACOBS
- GIVE UP TOMORROW
- WIND RIVER
- WRIT WRITER
- THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE AS TOLD BY WONDER WOMAN
- THE SENSITIVES
- SONATA MULATICCA
- GIRL WRESTLER
- WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM
- FACING FORWARD
- Dyslexia-ville Kickstarter campaign
- Inside The Circle
- Invisible Girlfriend
- Flying On One Engine
- The Dressmakers
- Whales of Gold
- The Way North
- Learning To Swallow
- Are the Kids Alright?
- Atomic Ed & The Black Hole
- The Informant
Documentary Film Writing for Funding
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Lastly, I am also an excellent researcher—archival, background and story research—you name it, I can dig it up and track it down.
Joanna has a way of seeing the story even if the story isn’t actually in the film and this film [tentative title GIRL MODEL] will certainly be shaped by her vision and helpful direction […] Joanna Rabiger [is] a close advisor for our projects and someone who understands stories from the inside out.
—David Redmon/Ashley Sabin, Carnivalesque Films
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