Jill Wisoff

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Jill Wisoff
Born United States
Occupation Filmmaker, composer, actress

Jill Wisoff is an American filmmaker, performer, actress and film composer[1][2] best known for original music and songs in Welcome to the Dollhouse,[3] Todd Solondz's critically acclaimed 1996 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner.


Her original musical scores can be heard in such representative work as Second Skin by filmmaker Amy Talkington,[4] a 1999 Sundance Film Festival selection that sold to television worldwide.[5] For producer Alan Sacks, she scored Melissa Gilbert's 1996 directorial debut,[6] Me and My Hormones,[7] an ABC Afterschool Special; in Smart House, a 1999 TV movie for Disney Channel directed by LeVar Burton, she co-wrote the song "The House is Jumpin'"[8] with Barry Goldberg and Joel Diamond, and contributed additional score.[9] Working with filmmaker Adam Goldstein and produced by William Kennedy, she scored Woman Found Dead in Elevator (2000), based on a story by Ruth Tarson with special material provided by Hunter S. Thompson[10] and starring Wit Broadway star Kathleen Chalfant and[11] George Plimpton.[12]


Born in Queens,[13] New York, her training in composition began while a student in the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and later at Bennington College[14] under Vivian Fine and Henry Brant. She directed, composed music and performed in stock and off-off Broadway.[15] As a musician, she performed as lead guitarist for the all-girl reggae band, Steppin' Razor, produced by Chris Spedding,[16] who later produced her own band, The Con Artists, some songs of which are included in the Welcome to the Dollhouse soundtrack.[17] She later toured as bassist in Europe and the U.S. for the legendary Johnny Thunders as a member of his last band, The Oddballs.[18] Between tours, she completed reshoots co-starring as Sharon opposite Todd Solondz's Ira[19] in his lesser known first feature film, Fear, Anxiety & Depression,[20] theatrically released in 1989 through the Samuel Goldwyn Company, for which she was cited for her "comic flair" in Caryn James' review in The New York Times.[21] She made her directorial debut with the feature comedy film, Creating Karma,[22] theatrically released[23] in 2009. Her documentary produced with Harris Salomon, The Day After, she completed in 2010 with footage she shot at Ground Zero on September 12, 2001. Following a screening series by New York Women in Film and Television called Life in the Aftermath of 9/11, it was invited to be included in the memorial library collection of the naval ship USS New York, and the archives of the Tribute WTC Visitor Center.[24]

Film scores[edit]

  • The Day After (2010)
  • Creating Karma (2009) (additional music, theme, sitar, ukulele)
  • The New Arrival (2000)
  • Woman Found Dead in Elevator (2000)
  • Smart House (1999) (additional music)
  • Splinter (1999)
  • Me and My Hormones (1996)
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
  • The Doorman (1987)
  • In the Night (1987)[25]


  • Diane Murray (2000) (on selected songs: Arrangements, Bass, Guitar, Keys, Synth Drums)[26]
  • Premears Volume 1 (1999) (House is Jumpin included (co-written with Barry Goldberg, Joel Diamond and performed by Chane Andre) in this compilation of Disney Channel songs with various artists from original movies)[27]
  • IFC In Your Ear Volume 1 (1999) (Welcome to the Dollhouse Theme Song included in album of selected soundtrack music)[28]
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996) (Official Soundtrack co-produced with Todd Solondz: Songs from film and by The Con Artists included: Various Artists)
  • The Con Artists - Above the Stinkin' Law (1992)[29]


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