MAGGIE GREENWALD – Curriculum Vitae


SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE, Film Department. Adjunct Professor. Directing & screenwriting for undergraduates. Spring 2012 through Present.

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, Tisch School of the Arts. Graduate Film Program. Adjunct Professor. Thesis Writing II: writing for directors developing their thesis scripts. Fall 2009.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, Graduate School of the Arts, Film Program. Lecturer. Taught all four levels of directing (1, 2, 3 and 4). Advised thesis and non-thesis students on all aspects of directing. 2005 – 2009

Advisor for newly emergent, Film Program student organization, Columbia Women in Film.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, Graduate School of the Arts, Film Program. Adjunct. Taught advanced directing classes (3 and 4). Thesis and non-thesis advisement. 1996- 1999

MAINE PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOP: Taught a one-week directing workshop. 1994


THE FAMILY I WANTED: Essay in CARRIED IN OUR HEARTS, The Gift Of Adoption, Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents. Edited by Dr. Jane Aronson. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin. 2012



SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN - Director, Writer of adapted screenplay & producer. Based on the novel by Augusta Trobaugh. Starring Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint and Diane Ladd. Ever Green Prods. Producer: Brenda Goodman. Producers: Nancy Dickenson, Lorraine Gallard and Maggie Greenwald. 2016

    • Sundance Film Festival - Salt Lake City Gala World Premiere. 2016

THE LAST KEEPERS – Director. Starring Zosia Mamet, Virginia Madsen, Olympia Dukakis, Aidan Quinn and Nat Wolff. BCDF Productions. Executive Producers: Claude and Brice Dal Farro and Lauren Munsch. Producers: Matthew Parker and Carly Hugo. 2011.

SONGCATCHER – Writer of the original screenplay and Director. Starring Janet McTeer, Aidan Quinn, introducing Emmy Rossum. ErgoArts Entertainment. Worldwide distribution: Lions Gate Entertainment. 2001 

    • Sundance Film Festival – Dramatic competition
    • Deauville International Film Festival – Dramatic Competition
    • Hamptons Internatinal Film Festival – Opening Night film.
    • Sundance Film Festival – Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance Hamptons International Film Festival – Sloan Foundation Award Deauville International Film Festival – Audience Award 
    • GLAAD Award – nominee
    • Independent Spirit Award – nominations for Best Supporting Actress Pat Carroll, Best Debut Performance, Emmy Rossum.
    The film was reviewed in major periodicals in U.S., Canada and Australia.
    Feature articles about the film and/or interviews with filmmaker include:
    • Boston Globe: "Is there life after radio for American roots music" by Scott Alarik. 6/2001
    • Chicago Sun Times: " Film captures Appalachian music" by Mary Houlihan. 6/2001 Chicago Tribune: " From aria to whole new area"( Emmy Rossum) by Gary Dretzka. 7/2001
    • Houston Chronicle: "Actor falls into rhythm of mountain man role" (Aidan Quinn) by Louis B. Parks. 6/2001
    • Kansas City Star: "Catching the singer to catch the song – Maggie Greenwald discovers mountain music for her film" by Robert W. Butler. 7/2001
    • Tampa Tribune: "Mountain Music Calls to Songcatcher Actor" (Aidan Quinn) by Charles Ealy. 7/2001
    • "151 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen": by Leonard Maltin, Harper Collins Publishers. 2010

THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO – Writer of the original screenplay and Director. Starring Suzy Amis, Ian McKellan and Bo Hopkins. Produced by Fred Berner & Brenda Goodman. Executive Producers, Ira Deutchman & John Sloss. Worldwide distribution: Fine Line Films and Polygram Filmed Entertainment. 1993

    • Rome-Florence Film Festival – Dramatic Competition
    • San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    • Rome-Florence Film Festival – Special Jury Award
    • Independent Spirit Awards – Nomination for Best Actress, Suzy Amis. Winner, Best Supporting Actor, David Chung
    The film was reviewed in major periodicals in the U.S, Canada, Australia, U.K, Italy and France. Film is included in many articles about cross-dressing stories in film.
    Feature articles on the film and/or interviews with filmmaker include:
    • Creative Loafing Magazine (Atlanta): "One Leg at a Time" Interview by Steve Warren. 9/93
    • Kansas City Star: "There’s more to the West than westerns reveal" by Robert W. Butler. 9/93
    • Dallas Morning News: "A low-key, elegant tale of the West" by Russell Smith. 9/93
    • Boston Phoenix: "Jo/Josephine – Little Jo is Unforgiven meets The Crying Game" by Peter Keough. 9/93
    • Washington City Paper: "Little Woman" by TJ Edwards. 9/93
    • Miami Herald: "The Ballad of Little Jo" by Jackie Potts. 9/93
    • San Francisco Chronicle: "Making out in Macho West" by Peter Stack. 9/93
    • The New Times – Kansas City: "Inside the Outsider" by Steve Shapiro. 9/93
    • Houston Press: "Unforgiving – The gender-bending western Ballad of Little Jo takes on the white man’s oppression of women" by David Theis. 9/93
    • Bay Area Reporter: "A Life Beyond the Freak Show" by Kate Bornstein. 9/93
    • The Sentinal (S.F): "Homos on the Range" by Steve Warren. 9/93
    • Public News: "Suzy Amis bends gend" by Michael Bergeron. 9/93
    • San Francisco Weekly: untitled feature article by Elizabeth Pincus. 9/93
    • Chicago Tribune: "Her own man" by John Petrakis. 9/93
    • Northwest Asian Weekly: "David Chung brings sensuality to Ballad of Little Jo" by Susan L. Cassidy. 9/93
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Women posing as men pursued better opportunities" by Linda Lee. 9/93
    • The Herald (Seattle): "Jo director stumbles upon amazing real-life tale" by Tom Keogh. 9/93
    • San Diego Union-Tribune: "Feminist western a fresh look at fascinating, ordinary life" by David Elliot. 9/93
    • Women’s Times Directions (San Diego): "A Woman’s Western" by Tamara Beus. 9/93 The News Tribune (Seattle): Ballad of Litte Jo director found heroine in a history book" by Jackie Potts. 9/93
    • Philadelphia Inquirer: "A pioneering woman’s way with the western" by Desmond Ryan. 9/93
    • Eastside Week (Seattle): " Go west, young woman" by Tom Keogh. 9/93
    • Seattle Gay News: " Maggie Greenwald’s feminism and a rich unconscious" by Frederic Kahler. 9/93
    • Chicago Sun Times: "Women at Home on the Hollywood Range" by Cindy Pearlman. 9/93
    • Washington Jewish Week: "The Ballad of Little Jo, Cross-dressing as a Wild West survival tactic" by Aviva Kempner. 9/93
    • Jewish Journal (Florida): "The Ballad of Maggie Greenwald" by Naomi Pfefferman. 9/93
    • Gay & Lesbian Times (San Diego): "An epic of women’s survival" by Jamakaya. And "Ballad of Little Jo Director Maggie Greenwald Speaks Out" Interview with Jamakaya. 9/93
    • Au Courant (S.F.): "Homo on the range?" Interview by Steve Warren. 9/93
    • Bay Windows (S.F.): "Passing fancies" by Steve Warren 9/93
    • Dallas Morning News: "Role Reversal" by Ira Hadnot. 9/93
    • LA Village View: "In Search of Invisible Women" by Nancy Blaine. 9/93
    • Boca Raton News: "Many women chose to live lives as men" by Skip Sheffield. 9/93
    • Sight & Sound: "At Home on the Range" by B. Ruby Rich. 11/93
    • The Guardian Weekend: "Western Women" by Lizzie Francke. London. 12/93
    • Empire Magazine: "Maggie Greenwald and Suzy Amis – Director and Actor" by Philippa Bloom. U.K. 2/94
    • The Daily Telegraph: "Rewriting the Western – Cinema Finally Tells the Truth About the Cowgirl." (no byline). U.K. 2/94
    • Ms London: "Wild, Wild Women" by Sarah Gristwood. 3/94
    • Bite (?) Magazine: "Just Call Me Mister! Cinema’s women discover their masculine side" by Marianne Gray. 3/94
    • Shofar (U. S.): "The Ballad of Little Jo" by Aviva Kempner. 3/94
    • Lapis Magazine: "La ballata del piccolo Jo" Interview with Maria Nadotti. Italy. 9/94 Sight & Sound: "Cowgirls" by Maggie Greenwald. 10/94
    • "THE WESTERN READER": edited by Jim Kitses, Gregg Rickman. Limelight Editions, 1998. Part 3 – Revisionism, Race & Gender; "Our Heroes Have Sometimes Been Cowgirls" by Tania Modleski 1995. And "An Exemplary Post-Modern Western: The Ballad of Little Jo " by Jim Kitses. 1998
    • "OLD WIVES TALES AND OTHER WOMEN’S STORIES": by Tania Modleski, New York University Press. Chapter 8 – A Woman’s Gotta Do…What a Man’s Gotta Do? Cross-Dressing in the Western. 1998
    • "151 BEST MOVIES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN": by Leonard Maltin, Harper Collins Publishers. 2010
    • OUT Magazine: "50 MOVIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE – Essential Gay Films" by Kate Bornstein. March 2011

THE KILL-OFF – Writer of screenplay adapted from the novel by Jim Thompson, and Director. Introducing Jorja Fox. Produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher. Worldwide distribution: Films Around the World and Cabriolet Films. 1989

    • Sundance Film Festival – Dramatic Competition
    • Munich Int’l Film Festival – Opening Night film of American Independent section Goteborg Int’l Film Festival
    • Montreal Int’l Film Festival
    • Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival
    • Stockholm Int’l Film Festival
    • Chicago Int’l Film Festival
    • London Int’l Film Festival
    • Toronto Int’l Film Festival
    • Turin Int’l Young Director’s Film Los Angeles Women in Film Festival Virginia Int’l Film Festival
    • Cannes Film Festival (market)
    • Turin Int’l Young Directors Film Festival – Best Director
    The film was reviewed in major dailies and periodicals in the U.S., U.K., France, Italy and Sweden. The film is included in many articles about film adaptations of Jim Thompson’s work.
    Feature articles on the film and/or interviews with filmmaker include:
    • "100 American Independent Films – BFI Screen Guides" by Jason Wood. 2004. Named one of 100 best American independent films.
    • Daily Variety: "Greenwald’s The Kill-Off to Open Munich Pic Fest" by Lawrence Cohn. 6/8/89
    • New York Daily News Magazine: "The Crooked Cue" by Danny Peary. Aug. 27, 1989
    • Producer, The Voice of Independent Production: "The Pay Off" Interview with Lizzie Francke. U.K. 2/90
    • City Limits Magazine: "Revival by Kill-Off" by Nick Kimberly. London 2/90
    • Film Review Magazine: "Deadlier Than the Male" Interview with James Cameron- Wilson. U.K. 2/90
    • I-D Magazine: "A Town Called Malice" Interview w/ Glyn Brown. "Film of the Month."U.K. 2/90
    • Monthly Film Bulletin: "The Kill-Off" by Philip Strick. And "The Anti-Tradition" Interview with Adrian Wootton. U.K. 2/90
    • The Guardian: "An Unusual Film for a Woman" by Natasha Walter. And " Femme Fatale" Interview with Philip Bergson. London. 2/90
    • The Sunday Correspondent: "A decade of booze, bawds and brawls. Thompson reassessed" by Nigel Algar. 2//90
    • Montage: IFP/West Publication: "The Dark Secret of Jim Thompson and Maggie Greenwald" Interview with Fred Dewey. 11/89
    • New York Observer: "Thompson Time" by Jean Nathan. 10/22/90
    • California Magazine: "Blacker Than Noir" by Sean Elder. 11/90
    • Los Angeles Times, Calendar section: "Film Critics Should Review the Movie, Not the Book" by Maggie Greenwald. 1/7/91
    • The Houston Post: "Director Films Dark Side With A Feminine Eye" by Joe Leyden. 3/10/92

HOME REMEDY – Writer of the original screenplay, Director and Producer. Producer, Kathy Hersh. Worldwide distribution: Kino International Films and Films Around the World. 1987

    • Munich International Film Festival
    • London International Film Festival
    • Turin Young Director’s Film Festival
    • Independent Feature Project (market)
    • Cannes Film Festival (market)
    The film was reviewed in major daily newspapers in New York and film industry trade newspapers.


GOOD MORNING, KILLER - Director. Starring Catherine Bell, Titus Welliver and Cole Hauser. TNT Network. 2011

COMFORT AND JOY – Director. Starring Dixie Carter Lifetime Television, 2003

TEMPTED (RETURNING LILY) – Director. Starring Virginia Madsen Lifetime Television. 2003

GET A CLUE – Director. Starring Lindsey Lohan and Brenda Song Disney Channel. 2002

WHAT MAKES A FAMILY – Director and Production Rewrite (uncredited). Starring Brooke Shields, Whoopi Goldberg, Cherry Jones, Ann Meara
Executive Producers: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Whoopi Goldberg and Barbra Streisand. Lifetime Television. 2001

Humanitas Award

All television films were reviewed in film industry trade newspapers. As an "event" movie, "What Makes A Family" was also reviewed in major daily newspapers and weekly magazines throughout the U. S.


CALLED TO GILEAD – Creator and Writer of Pilot. Dramatic Series CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT, 2016

WILDFIRE – Director. One Episode ABC Family Network. 2005

ME AND MY FRIENDS – Director. Non-air, live action pilot, which evolved into the animated show BACKYARDIGANS. Nickelodeon Network. 1998

THE MYSTERY FILES OF SHELBY WOO – Director. Created the look of the show. Nine episodes over three seasons. Nickelodeon Network. 1995-1997

THE ADVENTURES OF PETE AND PETE – Director. Three episodes. Nickelodeon Network. 1994, 1995


Directed two commercials for British company Booker Health Care, through ad agency Howell, Henry & Chaldecott. 1990


HOT STUFF – Writer of original screenplay, director, producer. Film was distributed non-theatrically throughout the U. S. 1978

AH! - Writer of original screenplay, director and producer. 1977


Director’s View Film Festival, Dorothy Arzner Prize – 2001


  • Included in "GIRL DIRECTOR, A HOW-TO GUIDE" by Andrea Richards, 2003
  • Mention in "ACTING FOR FILM" by Cathy Haase. Allworth Press. 2003
  • Special mention in the introduction to "LEONARD MALTIN 2002 MOVIE AND VIDEO GUIDE" by Leonard Maltin.
  • Interviewed for documentary: BIG GUNS TALK – The Story of the Western. Turner Network Television. 1997
  • THE NEW YORK SCREENWRITER: "Maggie Greenwald Finds Success and Freedom as an Independent Filmmaker" Interview. 4/95
  • "SCRIPT GIRLS, Women Screenwriters in Hollywood" by Lizzie Francke, British Film Institute Publications. 1994
  • Included in "WOMEN IN FILM, AN INT’L GUIDE" edited by Annette Kuhn & Susannah Redstone. Ballantine. 1990


  • Writers Guild of America: 1991-Present
  • Directors Guild of America: 1992-Present. East Coast Directors Council - elected representative. 2013 - Present
  • Editors Guild of America: 1981- Present
  • Independent Feature Project: 1986-Present. Board of Directors 1994-2000 New York Women in Film and Television: 1999-Present
  • Sundance Film Festival Member of Dramatic Jury - 1994 Judge Panasonic Kids Witness News – 1995, 1996
  • Hampton’s Screenwriters’ Lab – Advisor. 2002
  • Guest speaker and Film Panel particpant in numerous panels with the Independent Feature Project, NYWIFT, universities and cinemateques in the U. S and Europe.
  • Initiated Project Involve N.Y., a program to mentor young, minority women filmmakers, while on the board of directors of the Independent Feature Project.


ROBIN HOOD, PRINCE OF THIEVES – Asst. ADR editor. 1991 NAKED TANGO – Supervising Asst. Sound editor. 1991 ANOTHER 48 HOURS – Asst. ADR editor. 1990

ACTION JACKSON – Foley editor. 1988

THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK – Asst. ADR editor. 1987 CROSSROADS – Asst. ADR editor1986

WEIRD SCIENCE – Asst. Sound editor1985 BODY DOUBLE – Asst. ADR editor. 1985 STREETS OF FIRE – Asst. ADR editor. 1984 TRADING PLACES – Asst. ADR editor.1983

THE DEVONSVILLE TERROR – Music editor and Asst. Picture editor. 1983 STACY’S NIGHTS – Asst. Picture editor.1983

THE COMING, (BURNED AT THE STAKE) – Asst. Picture editor. 1982 THAT’S INCREDIBLE! – Asst. Picture editor. 1982

IN SEARCH OF…Picture editor (4 episodes) and Asst. Picture editor. 1979-1981

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS ACTOR AND DANCER: 1975-1977 Appeared in several Off-Broadway productions in New York and Los Angeles.


  • Los Angeles City College – Cinema major. 1976-1977
  • City College of New York – Asian Studies and Japanese major. 1972-1975 High School of Performing Arts – Drama major. Graduate. 1969-1972


  • Actor’s Studio – 1972-1973
  • Neighborhood Playhouse (Young People’s Program) – 1968-1969
  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts (Young People’s Program) – 1965-1968


  • Charles Weidman – 1974
  • Ballet Arts, NYC – 1972-1975
  • Alvin Ailey School of Dance – 1970-1972
  • Zena Rommett School of Ballet – 1969-1971