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Jody Weiner, attorney, writer and producer, wrote the acclaimed literary suspense novel Prisoners of Truth (2004, paperback ed 2006), co-authored Kinship With Animals (2006), an anthology of true interspecies encounters from well-known animal activists, scientists and other professionals, co-edited Resistance A Radical Political and Social History of the Lower East Side by Clayton Patterson (2007, Seven Stories Press), co-managed publication of Vali Myers-A Memoir by Gianni Menichetti (2008, Golda Foundation Press); wrote additional dialogue for the animated feature film Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011); and wrote the comedy screenplay Heck No (in development 2011).
Consulting producer to Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (2011, Kanbar Entertainment and The Weinstein Company); Producer of "Perfect Two," music video by Ceej (2011), Hoodwinked Too! soundtrack; associate producer feature film Mama’s Boy (2003nr), advisor and legal counsel for the Genesis award-winning documentary A Conversation with Koko (1999), advisor to the feature film Loveless in Los Angeles (2006) and writer/director of the animated music video Lost My Mind Again (2005).
Weiner graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (B.A. Sociology) and from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois (JD). After eleven years defending criminal cases in state and federal courts, Weiner settled in San Francisco, CA to begin writing career and practice civil law. His clients have ranged from an inventor of the MRI machine to death row inmate, from an NBA All-Star to Koko the signing gorilla. He has also served as corporate counsel to Skyy Spirits, LLC, has advised the Artist’s Guild of San Francisco and The Gorilla Foundation; he is a Director of the Golda Foundation, a non-profit corporation supporting artists, and he serves on the Advisory Board of The Litquake Foundation, a non-profit corporation that produces the largest annual literary festival west of the Mississippi. Weiner’s biography appears in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Wikipedia. He is a member of the California Bar, the Illinois Bar, the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the District Courts of Northern Illinois and Northern California and the California Writers Club Berkeley Branch. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, oil and mixed media painter, Nancy Calef.