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Jenni Gold    

Award-Winning Filmmaker & Thought Leader for Media Inclusion

Jenni’s dedication to the art and the craft of filmmaking along with her passion for storytelling and entertaining audiences is clearly evident in her work and achievements. She has Muscular Dystrophy and has used a wheelchair since the age of seven. She often jokes that “Her 'director’s chair' goes 12 miles an hour!” Gold is considered a triple threat in the world of entertainment due to her editing and screenwriting skills that serve as the foundation for her directorial efforts which have received multiple awards and have placed her among the best in her field as a Director Member of the Directors Guild of America.

She is a sought-after speaker, a thought leader for film / media inclusion, and an Advisory Board Member for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Her recent speaking engagements have included the Motion Picture Academy, Disney Studios, Universal Studios, Dreamworks, Duke University, University of Southern California, University of Central Florida, and co-hosting Turner Classic Movies with Ben Mankiewicz.

Gold produced and directed the award-winning and star-studded feature documentary “CinemAbility: the Art of Inclusion” which has recently been selected by the U.S. State Department to represent America around the globe in the AMERICAN FILM SHOWCASE. Gold has also directed the action feature film “Ready, Willing, & Able” and is now in post on the comedy/horror feature film “Aaah! Roach!” She recently produced the comedy motion picture “Can I get a Witness Protection,” and co-produced the feature film “Tiger” starring Mickey Rourke. Ms Gold has written and is developing a number of projects including a suspense thriller titled “Adrenaline,” a romantic comedy “Mr. December,” and the family film “Lucky,” adapted from her children’s book of the same name.

Gold went to film school at the University of Central Florida where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with two BA degrees, one in Motion Picture Production and another in Radio and Television Broadcasting. She learned at an early age that there is no such word as Can’t!

Speech Topics


  • Achieving your goals despite the odds
  • Becoming truly inclusive
  • Living the life you dreamed of
  • The history of disability portrayals in media
  • Everything you always wanted know about filmmaking but we're trying to ask

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