Film alumnus Josh Koury to premiere VOYEUR documentary at the New York Film Festival

MFA in Film alumnus Josh Koury (’15) will premiere his new documentary feature VOYEUR about the controversial Gay Talese book at the 55th New York Film Festival on October 4, 2017. 

Josh KouryKoury co-directed VOYEUR with Myles Kane. The documentary follows 84-year-old modern journalism legend Talese as he prepares to publish his creative nonfiction book, Voyeur’s Motel. Talese’s book is about Colorado motel owner Gerald Foos who secretly watched his guests through custom ceiling vents and an observation platform. Talese’s insatiable curiosity leads him to turn his own gaze to a man accustomed to being the watcher, exploring a tangle of ethical questions: What does a journalist owe to his subjects? How can a reporter trust a source who has made a career of deception? Who is really the voyeur?

VOYEUR was Koury’s thesis film while attending VCFA. While he had shot much of the footage before embarking on his MFA, Koury credits the film program’s faculty for focusing his project and ultimately helping him complete the film.

“Telling this story was definitely complicated, especially when it came time to focus the film’s narrative. But being able to work with the VCFA faculty and get their insights, ideas, and support as I put the project together, it was just so helpful,” Koury said.

Koury was advised by MFA in Film faculty members Nina Davenport, Lisa Leeman, Jeremiah Zagar, and Jake Mahaffy.

Koury’s previous films include WE ARE WIZARDS and JOURNEY TO PLANET X, the last of which he also co-directed with Kane. VOYEUR is a Netflix original documentary and will be available on the streaming service later this year. For more information about the VOYEUR premiere, visit