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See the film ‘NUMB’ – Meet the maker Harris Goldberg with the Hamilton Film Festival

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See the film – Meet the makers with the Hamilton Film Festival

Stay after the film for a conversation with the filmmaker Harris Goldberg

Hudson Milbank is a successful Hollywood screenwriter who suddenly and strangely finds himself without any emotional feelings. He tries doctor after doctor and shrink after shrink, but nothing works. The Golf Channel, lesbian exercise classes and a dizzying variety of pills get him through the day, but don’t quite solve his problem. His writing partner tries everything to get him back to normal, but it’s not until Hudson meets Sara that he finds a real motivation to get better and to actually start feeling again. From the writer of Deuce Bigalow, comes NUMB, a romantic comedy following an unusual man looking for strange love.

Run Time: 93 minutes     Rated: R     Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Talk

Harris Goldberg

Harris Goldberg was born in Toronto. While earning a masters degree in English from McMaster University, Harris started making films — writing, hosting, performing his own radio shows and continuing stand-up comedy at clubs across Canada. 

Goldberg’s first love, however, was tennis where he reached a Canadian ranking of number 2 in the country. Taking a year off to pursue the Satellite tennis circuit, he came to the conclusion that tennis would not be his life’s work when John McEnroe beat him 6- 0, 6-0. 

Goldberg’s next move was to continue writing where his older brother, Daniel, had attained success writing and producing the films STRIPES and MEATBALLS, both starring Bill Murray. (The older Goldberg later went on to produce OLD SCHOOL, PRIVATE PARTS, ROAD TRIP and THE HANGOVER 1, 2 & 3). 

Harris followed his older brother, moving to Los Angeles where sold his first screenplay within a week. He was signed to The William Morris Agency a week after that where he secured his first screenwriting job writing for Matty Simmons, owner of National Lampoon and producer of ANIMAL HOUSE. 

Goldberg then wrote the award winning, A STEP TOWARD TOMORROW. Premiering to rave reviews on CBS SWEEPS WEEK in the winter of 1996, the film also marked a touching and memorable performance by CHRISTOPHER REEVE, his first acting role after his tragic horseback riding accident. 

From there came a multi-picture deal at DISNEY including a long succession of studio films. Goldberg became friends with SNL alumni, Rob Schneider, where the two did a series of stand-up performances, including co-hosting THE MONTREAL COMEDY FESTIVAL and a memorable appearance on LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN where Goldberg and Schneider performed their satirical BLUE MAN ASS GROUP. 

Goldberg accompanied Schneider to Chicago where Schneider was asked to be master of ceremonies for a fund-raiser for PRESIDENT CLINTON and VICE PRESIDENT GORE. An hour before the event, secret service agents informed Schneider because of his television series, “MEN BEHAVING BADLY,” and the current problems the President was facing personally, the possible connotation would be considered bad press. Due to the last minute conflict, Goldberg was asked to fill in by CLINTON himself, something Goldberg describes as the most surreal experience of his life. 

Goldberg went onto write and co-produce DEUCE BIGALOW; MALE GIGOLO for Adam Sandler’s HAPPY MADISON shingle. A bidding war between TOUCHSTONE and NEW LINE for the project ended with TOUCHSTONE attaining the project. Modestly budgeted at 16.5 million, it went onto favorable box office success grossing 68 million domestically and over 100 million internationally. 

From there Goldberg partnered with DANA CARVEY where he wrote and co-produced THE MASTER OF DISGUISE for Sony Pictures, another profitable film grossing 40 million domestically. 

WITHOUT A PADDLE followed for Paramount starring SETH GREEN, MATTHEW LILLARD, DAX SHEPHERD and BURT REYNOLDS. Paddle was a financial success for the studio grossing 58 million. 

Goldberg crossed over to television during this period writing and selling pilots to HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC, TNT and USA. It was during this time Goldberg began suffering from an anxiety and stress reaction he calls the most hideous and frightening time of his life. After his recovery, Goldberg wrote a screenplay about the event. He called is “NUMB.” MATTHEW PERRY immediately attached himself to the project. Soon afterwards Goldberg found himself directing his first feature with a cast that included Mary Steenburgen, Kevin Pollak and Lynn Collins. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival going on to win many festival awards. 

In December of 2016, Goldberg locked his third directorial effort on THE LIST starring Patrick Fugit, Jennifer Morrison, Karen Gillan, Aaron Staton, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Giles Marini, Jobeth Williams and Victoria Tennant. 

He wrote the hour pilot, “The Five O’ Clock Shadow,” where he will be directing the pilot for the producers of the BBC’S “SHERLOCK” in the UK. 

He is currently directing the feature “QUICK DRAW,” which he also wrote, for Lorenzo Di Bonaventura @ Paramount.

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