"Julian L. Goldberger's depiction of a 16-year-old Florida kid with nowhere to run is The 400 Blows of the '90s. Goldberger has an extraordinary sense of place and he gets an emotionally complicated, haunting performance from Ryan Daugherty. The score by Fat Mama and her Transworld Orchestra is brilliant."
-Amy Taubin, The Village Voice
"Julian Goldberger's episodic tale of the nocturnal wanderings of a 16-year-old Florida j.d. from mall to mall in Ft. Myers, Florida is distinctively crafted, with a relentlessly expressive use of stylized image and atmospheric sound. Ryan Daugherty's performance has a kind of troubling complexity rarely seen in low-budget Amerindie movies; the telling is both poetic and hallucinatory, precise and dreamy. Goldberger has dazzling command of his minimal means; I want more movies by this man and I want them soon."
-Ray Pride, Chicago's Newcity
"You had to stray all the way to the Frontier section, to which "experimental" work is banished, to find the real thing--the best independent film in Sundance. Julian Goldberger's idiosyncratic Trans, which follows the nocturnal wanderings and random encounters of a juvenile detention center escapee amid the strip malls and neighborhoods of Ft. Myers, Florida, may have had a budget a fraction of anything in competition, but it showed ten times the inspiration and cinematic integrity. The film's purposefully meandering rhythms, semi-improvised dialogue, and handheld, low-light photography might seem merely unrefined to the casual viewer, but exact editing and an amazingly inventive, hallucinatory sound design gradually cohere and cast a spell, evoking the schizoid psychology of its singular, spaced-out protagonist, played with a certain charisma by Ryan Daugherty. Alternately dreamy and stark, the loose narrative and character elements obliquely sketched in a succession of unpredictable, suggestive episodes, Trans immerses the viewer in its mesmerizing ambiences and textures on the way to an unresolved but supremely fitting ending. Goldberger's sensibility is poetic and impressionistically indirect, favoring a fractured mise-en-scéne, and exhibits a fine, unhurried sense of place and incident (a tense encounter with a bus station clerk is particularly good). He's hands down the most exciting new talent on show at Sundance. At the screening I attended, Dramatic Competition juror Richard Linklater stuck around to pay his respects, and to be sure Trans is a kindred spirit of Slacker or films like River of Grass and The Delta."
-Gavin Smith, Film Comment
2015 The Moveable Fest Interview
2014 Out Of Order Magazine Trans
2008 NPR Radio, WGCU 90.1 Interview "Florida Filmmaker"
2007 Ion Cinema Interview
2007 FLM Magazine, The Hawk is Dying
2007 Indiewire "Indiewire Interview - Julian Goldberger"
2006 Filmmaker Magazine "Defining Moments" Winter
2006 Dark Horizons "Sundance Film Festival Wrap-Up" Garth Franklin
2006 New York Daily News "Film Festival"
2006 Film Threat "The Hawk is Dying" Review
2006 New York Daily News "Sundance Heats Up"
2006 Hollywood Reporter "The Hit"
2005 The New York Times "The Soul of Sundance's Machine" John Clark
2002 Film Threat "Cuff Film Fund Winners"
2002 The A.V. Club "Trans" Nathan Rabin review
2001 San Francisco Chronicle "Worth Seeing" Wesley Morris
2000 Film Comment "Distributor Wanted" Robert Horton
2000 New City Review Ray Pride
2000 Hollywood.com "2000 IFP/West Independent Spirit Award Nominations"
2000 The New York TImes "On a Spree to Nowhere" Lawrence Van Gelder
2000 Culture Vulture "Trans" David Fear
2000 The Village Voice "Amy Taubin Top 10" Amy Taubin
1999 Time Out "Trans" Howard Feinstein
1999 Film Comment "The Real Thing" Gavin Smith