Joseph Brocato is an American Filmmaker and founder of Unlikely Hero Productions, LLC. He was born in Atlanta, GA to Martha (Snell) and Henry Brocato. His father is of French and Italian descent, and his mother is of German and English ancestry. After graduation from Henderson High School in Atlanta, Joe majored in psychology at GA State University before leaving to attend The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, and he also holds a bachelor's degree from UMass-Amherst. While beginning his career on stage as a performer, he went on to act and direct a variety of Off-Broadway productions and co-founded the nonprofit Off-Broadway theatre company, Legend Productions, that focused on theatrical productions about prevalent social and economic issues, including the critically acclaimed staging of El Salvador by Rafael Lima.
In 2002, Joe and his wife, Christina Brocato, moved to Los Angeles, CA where they reside with their two children. He is the owner and co-founder of the motion picture production company Unlikely Hero Productions, LLC and is best known as the producer and director for Breaking: Los Angeles (2013) distributed by MVD Entertainment Group (DVD), Sony's The Orchard (digital), and EyeFilm Releasing. Brocato also served as the executive producer for the multi-award winning documentary My Name Was Bette: The Life and Death of an Alcoholic (2011).
Besides working in film, Brocato has produced numerous radio shows on entrepreneurship for LA Talk Radio and he writes business management and leadership articles published in financial-industry journals. His article, Leadership on the Line, won the GAMA International Journal's 2018 Editor's Choice Award.