Jan Johnson Goldberger is an award-winning filmmaker and alumna of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. While at AFI she became the recipient of the production award administered by the Institute: The Martin Ritt Production Award, named in honor of the socially conscious director of the film, Norma Rae; and a Women In Film Award. Ms. Goldberger’s thesis film, won the first Moon Basin Hatchfest award. This film went on to be licensed by Home Box Office and ran for two consecutive years on HBO.
Jan’s first independent short film, Stone Mansion was one of the Showtime Network’s Black Filmmakers Short film Showcase winners. Stone Mansion was licensed to the Showtime Network in 2011. Stone Mansion was also licensed to (PBS). The film aired in 45 PBS markets over the course of two years and the Black Entertainment Television network (BET) for several consecutive years. Stone Mansion has screened in over fifty national and international film festivals. Ms. Goldberger is a recipient of a grant from the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, to develop a feature- length documentary on a landmark racial discrimination case.
Jan has worked with actor/comedian, Damon Wayans as part of his production staff. She was a participant in Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival’s All Access Connects program with her project, Game.
She has produced several short films for the Showtime Network, including the award-winning short, Pants in the Family. Most recently Jan was a participant in the Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop. Currently, Jan is in pre- production on a slate of feature films including, Outlaw, a Western based on a true story, Hit the Switch, an urban hip-hop musical, and Dead of Winter, a teen thriller feature script written by Robert Dorian. Shooter is the 13th short film Jan has produced.
The Department of Justice recent statistics states that “one in four new gang recruits are girls!” My intent for making Shooter was to begin a dialogue about this growing phenomenon. Any gang violence is a direct reflection of the failure of the larger society to embrace and include the group committing the violence. We are all interconnected and not acknowledging that fact leads to the deleterious affects we currently see in Chicago.