Owned and operated by Academy Award ® winning filmmaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Golden Egg is a New York-based production company that has created and produced acclaimed feature-length and short film and television projects for leading networks including HBO, PBS, A & E, Discovery, VH-1 and Disney Channel. Goosenberg Kent has directed a variety of projects for clients that include Vulcan Productions, Sanctuary for Families, World Wildlife Fund, Mattel and many more, bringing humanity, excellence and style to often difficult topics and earning numerous industry awards over two decades as a filmmaker for all ages. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Ellen Goosenberg Kent is a multi-award winning filmmaker whose documentaries have been praised for their humanity and unflinching honesty in raising awareness about the stories behind the headlines.  Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 won the Academy Award in 2015 for Best Documentary, short subject and was hailed by the New York Times as “a haunting reminder of the toll war exacts from those who fight…it’s polished, tough-minded and topical, delivering a strong, clean emotional punch without feeling manipulative.”  Crisis Hotline followed two critically acclaimed films about the wounds of war, commissioned by HBO and Executive Produced by James Gandolfini: the Emmy-nominated Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq which the Wall Street Journal called “an extraordinary film about extraordinary people, and Wartorn: 1861-2010,  a kaleidoscopic look at post traumatic stress from the Civil War to the present, that earned the Television Academy Honors in 2012 and premiered at The Pentagon. The intimacy and heart of her approach in these films helped ignite an urgently needed conversation within and outside the military about the need to de-stigmatize mental health issues and the shortage of resources to treat the psychic and moral traumas of participating in war.

Committed to giving a voice to young people and the powerless, Goosenberg Kent created, produced and directed numerous influential documentaries and television specials for HBO, on topics ranging from bullying, sexuality, addiction, family violence and juvenile justice.  These films include Middle School ConfessionsI Have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me  (winner, Prime-Time Emmy); Brett Killed Mom: A Sister’s Diary (Emmy nominated); Reading Your Heart OutTalking Sex, Addiction: Opiates & the CBT Approach; Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me and I Can’t Do This but I Can Do That: A Film about Learning Differences.  One Nation Under Dog, an often shocking but ultimately hopeful documentary about our complex relationships with our canine companions premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won a Humanitarian Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.  For Too Hot Not to Handle, she traveled across the country to chronicle American’s response to climate change.  Going, Going, Almost Gone: Animals in Danger, produced with World Wildlife Fund, won a PrimeTime Emmy and a Peabody Award for her inventive and wide-ranging look at the threats to highly endangered animals including tigers, elephants and sea turtles.  Her most recent film, Risky Drinking, presented by HBO Documentary Films and the NIAAA (a division of the National Institute of Health) takes an intimate look at a national epidemic and offers new thinking that offers hope and an alternative to this country’s failed treatment industry.  It is scheduled to premiere in January, 2017.

Selected documentaries and television specials


Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.  
Academy Award ® , Best Documentary, Short Subject, 2015  
For many of today's military veterans, the scars of war, both physical and emotional, have made coming home an ongoing battle, fraught with overwhelming pain and trauma. Twenty-two veterans die by suicide every day, nearly one an hour, a human toll greater than deaths from combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. To respond to this crisis, the National Veterans Crisis Line in upstate New York is the only call center devoted to helping at-risk veterans and their families.  It receives more than 20,000 calls a month.
Produced with the cooperation of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 2015 Academy Award® winner Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 bears intimate witness to the devoted counselors and responders who answer those calls. With compassion, understanding and life-saving urgency, they must locate and talk down suicidal veterans as they wait for police and emergency medical workers to arrive and intervene.


Wartorn: 1861-2010
The Television Academy ®  Honors, 2010, in recognition and celebration of television programs that have presented issues of concern to society in a compelling, emotional and insightful way.
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
Prism Award for Best Documentary-Mental Health, 2011

The Los Angeles Times said, “The filmmakers do not beat a political drum, they do not use an impassioned script or a soundtrack comprising brass and strings; they do not attempt to incite anger or outrage, sorrow or resolve in any way. Instead, they present the facts, simply and gracefully, and the result is devastating.” From the Huffington Post: “Wartorn offers raw testimonies from families and returning soldiers, their lives shattered by the nightmare of battle, that are moving, illuminating and enraging all at once.” The film had its world premiere at the Pentagon. HBO


One Nation Under Dog
The Television Academy ®  Honors, 2012
Zelda Penzel  Giving Voice to Voiceless Humanitarian Award at Hamptons International Film Festival
Praise from The Washington Post : “I admire how the film, which is split thematically into stories of “fear,” “loss” and “betrayal,” zeroes in unflinchingly on the most troubling aspects of American pet ownership, without becoming an animal-rights brochure.” Indiewire called it “a heartbreaking look at America’s relationship with canines.” The HBO film, directed by a trio of top filmmakers, premiered at Tribeca International Film Festival.


Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq
® Award  Nominee, Outstanding Nonfiction Special
The Chicago Tribune wanted more: "Alive Day Memories" could have been an eat-your-vegetables, plodding documentary, but the veterans Gandolfini interviews are far too feisty and interesting for that. As this deftly edited film progresses, you barely feel as though you've met one of 10 veterans before it has moved on to the next, and the stories they tell about themselves, their service and their lives since they almost died in Iraq are fascinating. They're honest and blunt and even funny at times. Forget those calls for a "Sopranos" movie: I'd rather see an "Alive Day Memories" sequel.  HBO.


I Have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me
Primetime Emmy®  Award, Outstanding Children’s Program
DGA Award nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs
Parents’ Choice Award; Media Access Award; Voice Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Lauded by Entertainment Weekly as ‘’inspirational", “I Have Tourette’s” offers lessons in tolerance that reach beyond any one disorder or age group.”  The New York Daily News said, “The concept is simple, the potency almost staggering.” HBO


Models: The Real Skinny
From TV Guide Live.com, Top Picks: “The business of being beautiful has always had an ugly side and this documentary sheds light on the underbelly of professional modeling.  While dreams are being crushed, pillars of the fickle fashion community including Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, talk about the qualities that make a successful model.” Features top models Karolina Kurkova, Liya Kebede, Heidi Klum, Jamie Bochert, Nadia Vodianova and Naomi Campbell along with Anna Wintour and a host of top fashion designers including Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Zac Posen and Narciso Rodriguez.  A & E


Middle School Confessions  
14th Annual GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary Nominee
According to Variety: “...even the most vigilant parents may be stunned by director Ellen Goosenberg Kent’s straightforward, eye-opening documentary about the habits of middle-school kids. By letting 11- to 14-year-olds express themselves, uncensored and uninhibited, on topics such as sex, depression and alcohol, Goosenberg Kent presents a fly-on-the-wall look at what many young teens are up to behind their parents’ backs.” HBO


Nature: Why We Love Dogs and Cats
“You'll laugh, you'll cry. If you are any sort of human at all,” lauds The Los Angeles Times. The program includes “the ways more than one person here have been saved by animals, not in the Timmy's-in-trouble, dragged-from-a-river way, but in terms of spiritual, mental and physical health."  WNET/PBS


Going, Going Almost Gone: Animals In Danger
Primetime Emmy®  Award for Outstanding Children’s Program
Winner, 9th Annual Genesis Award for Children’s Television Programming

TV Guide called Going, Going Almost Gone “an urgent plea to protect creatures from man’s insensitivity and greed. The program offers clear explanations of why the survival of sea turtles, humpbacked whales, tigers, bears and other threatened animals is essential to the balance of nature.”  HBO in association with World Wildlife Fund


Brett Killed Mom: A Sister’s Diary
Primetime Emmy®  Award Nominee
The New York Times praised this intimate, half hour episode or the HBO Video Diaries series as “...a searing portrait of the rage and pain lurking behind the facade of a seemingly all-American family overseen by a profoundly disturbed mother and an ineffectual father.”


From Victim to Victor
This short film was created for Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Last year, Sanctuary served nearly 11,000 adults and children through legal and clinical services, economic development support, shelter, and programming for children and youth, empowering its clients to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability.