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John Woldenberg grew up in Chicago, attended the University of Michigan and The University of Chicago Graduate Business School. He has always been a steward of the arts, particularly in film. Since having studied under screen writing icons, William Goldman and Lawrence Kasdan, he has been hooked on the power of story telling in film. He started as a writer in television and film. Mr. Woldenberg was a partner in a company that went public in 1993. He then spent over a year traveling in Southeast Asia and Africa before coming back to head a television production company. Currently, Mr. Woldenbergs film company produces, finances and acquires feature and documentary films. Recently released films include Smart People, The Visitor, Milk, Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Exporting Raymond (2011.)
Mr. Woldenberg always attempts to integrate social responsibility with filmmaking. In addition to wide release features, documentary films cover topics such as poverty, breast cancer, climate change, ethnic genocide and culture. Over the past 10 years, John has also been involved with The United Nations in their effort to exact global change through media and film. Mr. Woldenberg actively sits on the Boards of a number of national and regional film festivals.
Mr. Woldenberg also allocates time and resources to non-profit projects that have a positive effect worlds social and humanitarian issues. Pangea Day was a global film project that was released in May 2008. The event simulcast a series of curated films around the world to try to demonstrate a shared mission to address the worlds humanitarian problems. Cool Globes was a public art exhibit, launched in 2006, which has been traveling around the world to stimulate awareness of climate change. Anther example is the African First Ladies Health Summit, in which the first ladies from all 54 African nations were invited to Los Angeles in May of 2009 to collaborate about the humanitarian issues on the African continent.
John is a Co-Founder or partner of a number of Production companies focusing on film and television.
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