Updated on March 16, 2018
Filmmaker Jenniphr Goodman, a 1984 graduate of Pitzer, embodies the College’s commitment to producing engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world. Jenniphr was named the sixth recipient of the Annual Beverle Houston Memorial Prize, was a featured speaker at the Atherton Dinner and has served as a member of the Pitzer College Board of Friends for the Arboretum.
Jenniphr received her B.A. in creative writing and film making in 1984. After graduation, she returned to her hometown in Cleveland, Ohio to teach art to preschool children. While carefully avoiding the GREs, Jenniphr was ecstatic to discover a college that didn’t require them – New York University. She spent the next eight years earning her M.F.A. from NYU’s Film School and finally graduated with honors in directing
Following film school, Jenniphr moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico with Eric Pope (now her husband) so that he could earn his teaching credentials. They moved in with Eric’s friend, Duncan, and spent many hours debating politics, the O.J. Simpson trial and the world in general. Jenniphr soon discovered that Duncan was a unique character, who became her inspiration for and co-writer of the film, “The Tao of Steve,” along with her sister, Greer Goodman. The film finally premiered with critical acclaim at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and became one of the most successful independent films that year.
Jenniphr currently resides in Santa Fe with her husband, Eric and two daughters, Emerson and Sydney. She continues to write and has been working on another film script with her sister, Greer.