Julian Goldberger's feature film directorial debut trans screened at the Toronto, Sundance and Berlin (Readers' Jury Prize, Best Film, 1999) film festivals, the New Directors/New Films series at New York's Museum of Modern Art, and numerous other international festivals. In recognition of his first feature, Goldberger also received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the Someone to Watch Award (2000). His second feature The Hawk is Dying, starring Paul Giamatti, Michelle Williams and Michael Pitt, premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. Goldberger's adaptation of the Harry Crews novel also screened in the Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival and won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Brasilia International Film Festival. In 2011, Lionsgate Television optioned Goldberger's pilot for the drama series Maple Rock.