I grew up on the beaches of Maryland, ventured far and wide and returned to land most recently in Austin, TX, my current homebase.
I'm consistently involved in all aspects of filmmaking including writing, producing, and acting. Feature films, shorts and television shows I've been fortunate to be a part of as an Actress include the Lead in the feature film "Far Marfa" (Lone Star Film Festival), the Lead in “Vicky & Sam” (awarded at over 60 film festivals internationally), Supporting in "Doonby", which screens in US theaters this year, a Guest Star appearance in ABC’s “My Generation” and a Supporting role in “Happy Voodoo” (Tribeca Film Festival).
I am Producing my second short film "Red Winds", which is currently in post production.
"Janis...is outstanding, being whimsical and mimetic, fantastic and realistic."
– Louis Black
"I don't give praise often but your performance in 'Vicky and Sam' was truly wonderful and you should get an award for it. I really enjoyed it, which I think I've told the whole world now."
-- Steve Weiss
Owner, Zacuto.com, Co-creator of "Critics" webisodic
"Jolyn Janis impressed me after the first minute. Through the superb capability of character development and the empathy she can get on camera, she is a must for any director"
-- Nuno Rocha