Deborah’s background and training in classical theater in Montreal, led to a full scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, in New York City. After graduating, she pursued acting briefly and found playwriting, received an NEC playwright fellowship and had her first companion plays Body of Myth produced on the West Coast (with Bindlestiff Theater Company). She was accepted into AFI’s screenwriting program, in Los Angeles, where Deborah’s feature script Cherrys was selected for Film Independent’s Screenwriter’s and Producer’s labs and subsequently won Urbanworld Film Festival’s grand jury prize for best screenplay.
Deborah's micro-budget feature that she wrote, produced and directed, "Vampires in Venice", a horror/fable, with Bill Cobbs (Night At The Museum) had it’s sales debut at Cannes Market 2011.
Her second feature, as a writer-director, is "The Pastor," an inspirational action-drama with a largely Latino cast led by Arturo Muyshondt in the title role, Angelic Zambrana (Precious), Victoria Cartagena, (Gotham) Franky G (Power) Micah Hauptmann (Everest) will release January 25th, 2016, nationwide with WolfGang Cinema. She is already developing her next feature and serves as a Film Fatales Fiction chapter leader in New York.
Deborah Goodwin is an adjunct lecturer in Screenwriting at Brooklyn College, Film Department. She is actively developing a series, Justine to A Fault and her next feature length narrative, She Lives.www.thepastorfilm.com