Originally from Chicago, 23-year-old Kendall Goldberg is an LA-based writer, director, and producer. In August 2016 Kendall directed a proof-of-concept short for her feature WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD, starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation). She co-wrote, produced, and directed the feature in August 2017. It screened at over 15 festivals and Kendall was awarded the International Film Critics’ (FIPRESCI) Prize for Best Directorial Debut at the 2018 Heartland Film Festival. Heder won the Indie Vision Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2018 Twin Cities Film Festival. The film is being distributed by Gunpowder & Sky and will be released on iTunes and all other VOD platforms December 7, 2018.
Prior to JEFF, Kendall graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. While at Chapman, she was selected as a Marion Knott Scholar and was mentored by Producer Richard Gladstein (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight). She was honored with the Women of Chapman Endowed Filmmaker Grant, as well as the Zonta Award, to put towards her thesis film, GLORIA TALKS FUNNY, starring Candi Milo (Dexter’s Laboratory, Astroboy). GLORIA went on to screen at over 50 festivals and won several awards, including Best Short Film at the BendFilm Fest and the Limelight Award and a $60,000 Panavision Grant at the Ojai Film Festival. Her thesis, along with her documentary short DEMPSEY THE DIABETIC SUPERHERO, were both selected to screen at the Director’s Guild as a part of the Leo Freedman Foundation 2017 First Cut Showcase. DEMPSEY was a Student Academy Awards Semifinalist and was released publicly during National Diabetes Month in association with the American Diabetes Association and BeyondType1. Both GLORIA and her dark comedy short SWIPE RIGHT were finalists in the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival.
Kendall recently signed with Chicago-based commercial / music video production company StrangeLoop, and has already directed a series of six videos for Walgreens and Second City Works. She also wrote and directed a music video for local Chicago hip-hop artist Appleby, “Lady Sunshine.” She was selected as a mentee for the 2018 Women In Film Mentoring Program. Kendall has three features and a docuseries in development through Bad Rack Entertainment.
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