Brian Godawa is the screenwriter for the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars, starring Kiefer Sutherland. It was awarded the Commander in Chief Medal of Service, Honor and Pride by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, won the first Heartland Film Festival by storm, and showcased the 2003 Cannes Film Festival Cinema for Peace.
Mr. Godawa’s scripts have won multiple awards in such screenplay competitions as Carl Sautter, The Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Heart of Film, Fade-In, Worldfest, Writer’s Network, Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, Columbus Discovery Awards and Reader’s Digest Screenplay Competition.
He wrote and directed the documentary Wall of Separation for PBS and Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, and adapted The Visitation by best-selling author Frank Peretti for Ralph Winter (X-Men, Wolverine). His comedy Change Your Life, is about the crazy world of multi-level marketing.
“I would not hesitate to recommend Brian – please call my office if you need more specific information – great writer, brilliant with structure, team player, talented director highest respect and confidence in his work — very collaborative”
-John Shepherd, President, Mpower Pictures
“I have worked with Brian on various projects he has written, directed and/or produced. He knows his craft. Top notch. Would gladly work with him again and look forward to the opportunity.”
-Robert Pierce, Professional Actor
“Brian wrote, directed and produced a promotional DVD for our non-profit agency. Before the project even began, he took a deep interest in the cause, and researched and developed the conceptual idea. I was blown away by his creative thought, gentle approach, and willingness to make changes and to involve the client in each step. He invests time in building relationship with the team (specifically the client) and his depth & knowledge of the subject, investment in the cause, and brilliant creativity is clearly evidenced in the delivered product. I have worked with other people in very similar capacities and have yet to find someone as wonderful as Brian. His work is fantastic and his personality is even more incredible.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative.
-Talitha Phillips, WPC Women’s Clinic
“Brian Godawa is an actor’s director. He is dynamic in his approach to capturing the essence of story by allowing for the actor to work organically through a scene; encouraging the actor to take risks and freely explore character choices. Furthermore, Brian is purposeful in his articulation toward the vision of the project as a whole. It was a pleasure to work with Brian Godawa and I look forward to future opportunities.”
-Durrell Nelson, Professional Actor and Writer
“Working with Brian was an absolute delight as an actor. Brian’s ability to communicate the undercurrents of story, and to quickly, yet unhurriedly move the actor to the mood and the goal of the scene demonstrates not only a command of his craft, but also his understanding of people and how to lead them. As a director, Brian knows what he wants, and has a clear path on how to get it, while at the same time being personable, relate-able, and gracious. On set, Brian creates an atmosphere that is hospitable to all, and fosters the creative process. I expect great things from this artist, both as a writer and a director, and look forward seeing his upcoming works. Gregory Evans — Actor”
-Greg Evans, Actor, GregoryV Productions
“Brian is fast, excellent at his craft, and humble – three great attributes in a writer/director. I have used him for 4 projects in the past 10 years – and he’s been great on each of them.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
-Jack Hafer, Boulevard Pictures
“I worked with Brian in the capacity of me being a motion picture Director and Brian being the Writer. I often write my own material, but for the particular project I was hired to do, I knew Brian had the exact skill set, intelligence and value system as a writer and a person that the project needed. I was not disappointed at all with the outcome of his writing and would highly recommend Brian to anyone as a writer of drama or just about any other genre. I cannot say I managed Brian directly in a legal sense, as he was hired by the Producers on my recommendation. But in a technical sense I did manage him and he was very receptive and cooperative with any input I had to offer. I would not hesitate to work with Brian again or recommend him to others.”
-Michael Sajbel, Owner, Out Cold Entertainment
“I hired Brian to write and direct our organizations documentary film, “Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate”. Brian was great to work with. I was very impressed with his ability to get up to speed on a subject he had little familiarity with (science, stem cells/human cloning) and do thorough research with a keen eye to detail and accuracy. Taking his written script and then directing the film, he ushered a finished product that has greatly advanced the educational mission of our organization. The film was also an official selection in the 2010 California Independent Film Festival too!”
Top qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative
-Jennifer Lahl, Center for Bioethics & Culture