Director Biography – Jeananne Goossen, Robert Jackson (THE ARTIST’S WAY OUT)

Jeananne Goossen has been acting in the film/TV industry for 15 years and has been coaching actors for the last 5. After starring in and executive producing the short film HYPERLIGHT, she wrote/produced/directed the webseries THE ARTIST’S WAY OUT starring Kandyse McClure and Keon Alexander. She identifies as Queer, and mixed-Chinese. She is currently working as an actor on The Handmaid’s Tale.

Robert Jackson (director of episode 3) is a Black American producer, production designer and on-set dresser who has been in the industry almost 20 years. His projects include Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Hostiles. This is his first directing credit.

Director Statement

The short-form series THE ARTIST’S WAY OUT (AWO) is something I wrote for the two actors starring in it, both of whom I love dearly. I was needing uplifting when put it together, and so I made something that in the moment felt fresh and entertaining. I believe there is something for everyone in this intimate story of 2 people isolated together.

I was also wanting to see BIPOC characters on screen in the Canadian winter! Although the series raises issues of cultural and sexual identity, they are simply a part of who the characters are, as they experience the ins and outs of a new relationship in close quarters, and of trying to be artists.

Another challenge was to shoot this series in six, 9-hour days with one camera. I was nursing a 1 year old at the time and wanted to see if we could make a set with livable working hours. We made our days and finished all six episodes for around 5K per episode, thanks to an abundance of community support!!

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