Artemis Joukowsky III has acted as an environmental venture capitalist, entrepreneur, non-profit activist and film producer for the past 25 years. He is a PBS Producer and Co-director with Ken Burns of Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, a 90-minute a documentary film and book about Waitstill and Martha Sharp, who played a role in the relief and rescue of displaced and endangered World War II refugees, including many Jews, in 1939 in Prague and 1940 in Southern France. The film and companion book, published by Beacon Press, were co-released in September 2016 to critical success. He is also the co-developer of the education curriculum with Facing History and Ourselves which reaches over 2 million students in 50,000 schools worldwide. He is the organizer of the strategic alliances of the project, including over 20 leading Holocaust and education organizations worldwide with a vision to promote more rescue today.
Artemis Joukowsky, the grandson of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, has spent decades researching his grandparents' story and connecting that story to the current refugee crisis. The PBS broadcast attracted over 1.1 billion impressions on social media and an audience of over 3.5 million viewers!
Artemis has devoted much of his life's work to improving the experience of living with multiple disabilities and promoting community services since he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type III, ("SMA"), when he was 14 years old. He is the co-founder with Larry Rothstein of No Limits Media (NLM), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to demonstrate the value and abilities of people with disabilities through a variety of media. NLM is acting as a co-producer of Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War. NLM helped support Ice Warriors a film produced by WGBH-TV Boston about the 2014 U.S. Paralympic ice hockey team which aired on PBS and on NBCSC. It was named best documentary of the year at the Savannah Film Festival and one of the six best sports films of the year by Sports Illustrated. NLM is currently developing a documentary about the very high levels of violence against people with disabilities called Three Times the Violence and a film about the Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program for children with autism and Down syndrome.
He was a member of the United States Paralympic Team 2002-2004, he competed in the US and abroad. He won National Championships in table tennis (2002) for class 6 and won the Silver medal in the Mexico City Games (2003). He served on the Boards of a number of for profit and not for profit organizations including No Limits Media, The American Community School of Beirut from 1996-2000 and the Greyston Foundation from 1992-2000. He has a B.A. in Social Ecology from Hampshire College, and an M.A. in Psychology from Goddard College. Artemis lives with his family in Sherborn, MA.
Community & Disabilities Activism
Mr. Joukowsky has been active in disability and other community services for many years. He is
the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of No-Limits Media, a non-profit corporation whose goal is
the development of innovative
media projects for people with disabilities.
Film Making & Curriculum Design
From 1999 until the present Mr. Joukowsky has served as Executive Producer, Producer and Director of the documentary film Defying the Nazis which aired on PBS in fall of 2016. Presented by Executive Producer, Ken Burns, the 90 minute film tells the story of grandparents, Wait still and Martha Sharp, who played a significant role in the relief and rescue of displaced and endangered World War II refugees.