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), which recently won Best Short Film at the BendFilm Fest. Her documentary short DEMPSEY THE DIABETIC SUPERHERO was a Semifinalist in the 44th Annual Student Academy Awards. Her shorts SWIPE RIGHT and GLORIA TALKS FUNNY were finalists in the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival and have screened in festivals around the world. Her feature directorial debut, WHEN JEFF TRIED TO SAVE THE WORLD, starring Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation), won the FIPRESCI International Film Critics’ Award for Best Directorial Debut at the Heartland Film Festival and Jon Heder won the Indie Vision Best Performance award at the Twin Cities Film Festival. The film has been picked up for distribution by Gunpowder & Sky and will be released this December.
What do you love most about Your City?
I live in Los Angeles, but I don’t consider it “my city.” I still consider Chicago, which is where I’m from, my city. I love it so much and I constantly miss it; however, I am growing to love LA more and more each day. I’m on the East Side, which is a fun place, especially for creatives. The thing I love most about where I live is that it’s a very walkable neighborhood, unlike most of LA. The majority of my daily spots are all on one street, just a few blocks from where I live. So it’s convenient and fun!
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I’m a regular at a place called Messhall on Hillhurst and Los Feliz Blvd. That’s my go-to for lunch and dinner. I’ve probably ordered every item on that menu at least once. The waiters now know my drink order.
My favorite breakfast spot is Café Figaro, which is down the street from where I live. They have great omelettes!
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Most likely sleeping. I get up around 8.
10:00 AM – Boxing. I’ve become really into boxing at a place down the street from me, Intention Boxing.
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Home Restaurant! Their baby kale salad with salmon is soooo good!
7:00 PM - I’m usually finishing up meetings / work around this time, or I’ll be on a nice evening run.
11:00 PM – By this point in the night, my brain has shut off, work-wise. I like to end my day with Netflix reruns of my favorite TV shows: NEW GIRL, PARKS & RECREATION, THE OFFICE, etc.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I’ll start my day with a cold brew or a double shot of espresso, and then the rest of the day I’m drinking water. I’ve been trying to get myself to drink more water throughout the day, so I just bought a great new Hydroflask water bottle to carry with me everywhere I go.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
My most used app is probably Instagram. One of my favorite accounts is @nathanfielder (Nathan Fielder) from NATHAN FOR YOU. He doesn’t post very often, but I have an alert set on my phone for when he does. He is absolutely hilarious.
What should everyone try at least once?
I know this sounds pretty basic, and most people probably already do this, but it took me 22 years until I saw a movie alone. It’s a great feeling and experience to sit in a theater by yourself (besides other theater goers that are there) and watch a movie.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
One of my safe havens is Michigan. My family has a place up there, and I love going for walks in the woods or near Lake Michigan.