John and Janet with Kevin Smith
Dolly's Book Store, 1996
Park City, Utah
John and Janet Pierson
JANET PIERSON, co-president of Grainy Pictures, partnered with her husband John Pierson professionally circa 1986. In 2002-2003, they showed free movies at the world's most remote cinema in Taveuni, Fiji, the last month of which is the subject of Steve James' documentary Reel Paradise. She was co-creator, executive producer and occasional segment director of their magazine-format cable television series, Split Screen. Earlier projects include staging the Cold Spring Film Workshop and serving as producer reps and/or investors in over two dozen original American independent features like She's Gotta Have It, Roger & Me, Slacker, and Clerks. From 1981 to 1986 she was assistant director of NYC's Film Forum. In 1977-1979 she ran Canyon Cinema Cooperative in S.F. She attended Hampshire College, graduating with a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1977.
Relocating to Austin with her family in 2004, Janet served a six-year term on the board of the Austin Film Society, moving onto the Advisory Board in 2010. In April 2008, Janet became Producer of the SXSW Film Conference and Festival, held each March in Austin Texas. Janet also has a supporting role in Andrew Bujalski's acclaimed independent film, Beeswax.
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