SCREENWRITER | DIRECTOR | PRODUCER
TOP 5 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH IN 2021
Jenny Kleiman is a screenwriter, director, producer, & screenwriting teacher. She was recently selected as the Top 5 Screenwriters to Watch in 2021 by Austin Film Festival and No film School.
Born in Manhattan and raised in Charleston, SC, Jennifer Kleiman received her BFA in Film Production with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Jenny's work "finds the fun and funny in trauma" and is united in thematic explorations of changing families, sex, and the taboo. Her most recent short, Sofa Queen, received over 20 festival selections and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short at Film Invasion LA. She teaches the Working the Wound Screenwriting Workshop focused on helping writers of all identities develop complex women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ protagonists.
Jenny’s industry experience began with a directing apprenticeship under Roman Coppola/ The Directors Bureau. As a script reader, Jenny selected and pitched the pilot for MOZART IN THE JUNGLE which was picked up by American Zoetrope, and ran for 4 seasons. She went on to work as the writing assistant to screenwriter and master of horror, David Loucka (RINGS, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET).
Before moving into narrative filmmaking, Jenny produced and directed national commercials and branding videos for clients including Adidas, BMW, and SEE Eyewear. Her work has been featured by major fashion names like NYLON, Topshop, New York Fashion Week, Charleston Fashion Week. As a producer, Jenny and longtime collaborator, Eve Morrisey, formed The Royal Wild in 2014. Their first feature project, FLEURS, is a co-production with Alexis Varouxakis (GOOD TIME, ARKANSAS, I AM MOTHER) of Adrenaline Entertainment.
Born in NYC and raised in South Carolina, Jenny is a mod podge of dueling American cultures. A 7th-generation Charlestonian Jew, her family's famous tomato-based matzo ball soup recipe is featured in numerous regional cookbooks. However, a mean parallel parker, she currently resides in her West Village childhood apartment with her border collie-mix.
SOFA QUEEN WINS BEST US COMEDY AND BEST US PRODUCERS AT VENICE SHORTS
"American Princess is a strong emotionally compelling character-driven drama that focuses on a girl who is in way over her head as she navigates her relationship with her mentally unstable father, friends and life in a seedy trailer park. This could be a strong indie film for places like A24, Global Road, Neon or streaming platforms like Netfilix, Amazon, or Apple." The Black List, 2019