Hey, I'm Janice Rhoshalle!

Los Angeles, California

My current feature, Those People: A Love Story, was selected by the DreamAgo 2016 Plume & Pellicule international screenwriting atelier. Previous versions of the script progressed to the second round at the Sundance Labs and Austin Film Festival screenwriting competitions. My work-in-progress documentary project,“…But Can She Play?”: Blowin’ the Roof off Women Horn Players and Jazz, was awarded by the Black Female Jazz & Fine Arts Awards in 2015 and 2014 for efforts to bolster support for jazz women instrumentalists through film and media. I am a Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities fellow.

Prior to my foray into filmmaking, I have had an extensive career as a journalist and am currently a senior editor for Los Angeles Review of Books. My work has been published by the Associated Press, and has appeared in numerous periodicals including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Zocalo Public Square, BOAT Magazine, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News In Style, Vibe, Essence, Ebony, Movie Pilot, Paste Magazine and Emmy (the official magazine of the Television Academy), among many others.


I am the co-author of Swirling: How to Date, Mate, and Relate Mixing Race, Culture, and Creed (Atria, 2012). I've contributed to the art anthology Reflections: A Collaboration between Painting and Literature (Pochino Press, 2014) and served as editor for All About the Benjamins: Helping People Create Sustainable Wealth in the Midst of Financial Uncertainty (M. Perry, 2010).  


In my spare time, I serve on numerous boards, and am longtime member of the Journalism and Women Symposium, and Women, Action, and the Media: WAM! in Los Angeles, and am a member of several film associations.


My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

A Room Full of Nothing

Austin, Texas Film Feature
Adventure, Romance

In this Swiss Army Man meets Eternal Sunshine adventure an artistic couple's life takes a bizarre turn when they wake up alone in the world.


This project got the green light!

An Act of Terror

Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Film Short
Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.


This project got the green light!

Quare Life

Chicago, Illinois Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

After a failed marriage proposal, a 30-something, Black lesbian finds herself unengaged, unemployed and relies on friends for support.


This project got the green light!

Sylphvania Grove

New York City, New York Film Short
Adventure, Fantasy

A troubled girl follows a magical being into the woods where her fears take on fantastical forms.


This project got the green light!


Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Fantasy

A runaway 10-year-old kid meets a troubled teenager and street performer who teaches him some truths about life and survival in the streets.


This project got the green light!

I'm Having an Affair With My Wife!

Cleveland, Ohio Film Feature
Romantic Comedy

Married couple get fed up, seek out affairs online--and accidentally end up starting an affair WITH each other!


This project got the green light!


New York City, New York Film Short

Butterflies is a dark look at the psychological affects of bullying on Melanie as she navigates her way through high school.


This project got the green light!


Pepin, Wisconsin Film Feature
Romance, LGBTQ

Two women set off on separate journeys of self-reflection and contemplation. What happened between them? How did the relationship die?


This project got the green light!

Solstice Ranch

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Romance

Set in the late 90s at a whimsical retreat, this lighthearted short film tests the boundaries of friendships, relationships and family.


This project got the green light!

Stardust & Moonbeams

Bloomington, Indiana Film Short
History, Romantic Comedy

Swing on a Jazz Age star... Beth is behind the camera, Will is the object of HER gaze. Like us, Beth grabs the camera & changes the view.


This project got the green light!

Architect Blues

Atlanta, Georgia Film Short
Drama, Other

A short film that explores the side hustle every black woman has that keeps her pockets empty.


This project got the green light!


Los Angeles, California Film Feature
Drama, Romance

Taylor and Mehran meet, and fall in love despite their cultural differences, but their bliss is threatened when family tensions escalate.


This project got the green light!

Hide and Seek

Washington, District of Columbia Film Short
Drama, Sci-Fi

An indie rock musician turned stay-at-home dad makes an impulsive wish, propelling him into an alternate reality.


This project got the green light!

Her-POW! New Adventures of Vintage Comic Book Heroines!

Los Angeles, California Series
Action, Other

All new live-action adventures from 3 heroines from the Golden Age of comic books: The Woman in Red, The Veiled Avenger, and Ghost Woman!


This project got the green light!

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