JENN GOTZON's BIOGRAPHY (pdf)
Portraying Tricia Nixon in Ron Howard's Oscar-nominee "Frost/Nixon" launched Jenn Gotzon as an indie, award winning actress starring in several inspirational films. Film Advisory Board granted Gotzon "Award of Excellence for her lead role in ‘Doonby and Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment World." Gotzon, who is compared to a young Meryl Streep for her chameleon-like transformations,” stated by Valley Social Magazine, uses the movies she stars in as a platform to impact & inspire audiences through her motivational, outreach program "Inspiring Audiences."
Born in Bethlehem, PA, Gotzon's passion is brining the writer-director's vision to screen through complex protagonist characters who find hope in the climax of the storyline.
After being told by her high school teacher she wouldn't make it as an actress, Gotzon buckled down and studied the craft of acting in the big apple at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Gotzon then moved to California and landed a string of bit parts featured in big productions like Ang Lee's "Hulk", Sean William Scott starrer "Role Models", Sundance pleaser "500 Days of Summer", along with Emmy-winning TV series "Pushing Daisies" and "House".
In 2008, big parts in smaller productions came her way, too, including 168 Film Festival 2008 best film winner "Stained" (short) that earned her the fest's best actress award for her lead role as a political prisoner. At Wildwood By-The-Sea (NJ) Film Festival she was named Rising Star of the year for her leading lady turn in the speed-dating romantic comedy short "Chemistry" whose fest director Paul Russo described GOTZON as "having the acting depth of Kate Winslet and the charisma of Reese Witherspoon." October 2013, the Film Advisory Board awarded Jenn Gotzon for her role in "Doonby" and one week later, won the best actor award at the Pocono Film Festival in Pennsylvania for her role in "God's Country".
Since the Pennsylvania native got her break, ironically, on Pennsylvania Avenue in a small role as President Nixon's First Daughter Tricia in "Frost/Nixon" (directed by one of Hollywood's greatest directors Ron Howard), Gotzons dream began coming true. Since 2010, she starred in 14+ feature films that either impact or inspire audiences: romance-mystery-drama "Doonby" opposite "The Dukes of Hazzard" heartthrob John Schneider; political-thriller "Dragon Day" about a Chinese cyber-takeover of the U.S with Scoot McNairy (Argo); French and Indian War true-story drama nominated for an Oscar for Best Song "Alone Yet Not Alone" in which she plays an historical British captive; musical with a twist of faith "September Skies"; entertaining family Ferrari driving dramedy "God's Country" directed brilliantly by her husband Chris Armstrong, inspirational drama "I Am Gabriel" starring tv’s Superman Dean Cain, 1940’s old Hollywood comedy "The Screenwriters" with “October Baby” star Jason Burkey, crime suspense thriller "Untouched" as Savannah’s powerhouse district attorney, drama "Right to Believe", drama "Out of Ashes", romantic comedy "Princess Cut", first silent faith-based feature "The Good Book", crime action drama "Forgiven" with tv's beloved Hercules Kevin Sorbo, family tv pilot "Heaven Help Us" starring Nancy Stafford as Gotzon’s mom and Lee Meriweather as Gotzon’s grandmother, along with Lamon Record’s newest artist Sean Guerrero’s music video "Walls."
Gotzon became a spokesperson for Brooklyn based New Evangelical TV (Net TV) broadcasting in 6 million+ homes, AMTC and is in development on a talk show "The Jenn Gotzon Show – Inspiring Audiences" which is compared to Opera meets Inside the Actors Studio. All projects are socially relevant, inspirational projects and movements that endeavor to make a positive difference in people's lives. Gotzon developed a motivational mentor-outreach program, "Inspiring Audiences," where she speaks to high school students, screens her movies and shares her journey on overcoming life’s obstacles to educate and encourage how they, too, can follow their heart’s desire and live their dreams.
Jenn Gotzon is happily married to award-winning director Chris Armstrong and lives in Los Angeles. She uses her facebook page to provide mentorship: www.facebook.com/jenngotzon.fanpage and twitter @JennGotzon.
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