Originally from Chicago, 23-year-old LA-based filmmaker Kendall Goldberg graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. While at Chapman, Goldberg was selected to be a Marion Knott Scholar and was mentored by Producer Richard Gladstein. She was also honored with the Women of Chapman Endowed Filmmaker Grant and the Zonta Award to help make her thesis film, GLORIA TALKS FUNNY, starring Candi Milo (Dexter’s Laboratory, Astroboy). Her documentary short DEMPSEY THE DIABETIC SUPERHERO was a Semifinalist in the 44th Annual Student Academy Awards. Along with GLORIA, it was selected to be a part of the 2017 Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut Showcase, which screened at the Director’s Guild in LA and New York. Her shorts SWIPE RIGHT and GLORIA TALKS FUNNY were finalists in the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. Her proof-of-concept short for her feature debut, WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD, premiered at the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival. The following summer Goldberg directed the feature version of WHEN JEFF, starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation), which had its world premiere at the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival and has screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival, IFFBoston, Lower East Side Film Festival, and Bentonville Film Festival. The film has just been picked up for distribution and will be released this Fall.
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