NAU College Social & Behavioral Sciences Hall of Fame


Joe Cardone, NORTHERN ARIZONA 1968

2013 Recipient

Political Science

Joseph Cardone was one of the principal partners in Sandstorm Films, a Los Angeles-based film and television production company with a first look deal at Screen Gems, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He has over 35 years of experience in the business of film production and distribution. He has written 23 produced scripts, directed 12 feature films and executive produced many more, which have all been distributed by major studios on a worldwide basis. Two of those films were number one box office hits, and four others were multi award winners on the film festival circuit. Joseph and his wife Carol Kottenbrook, who was also a principal partner in Sandstorm Films, live in Flagstaff. Both hold B.S. degrees from Northern Arizona University, where they were awarded a Distinguished Centennial Alumni Award in 1998 for their dedication to mentoring NAU students pursuing a career in the film industry. In 2009 Joseph was awarded a Community Partner Award for continuing service to the University.