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Trustee Professors

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Under the leadership of Dean Robert Bassett, the following faculty have been recruited to teach at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. The combined filmography of the full-time faculty includes more than 300 feature films, a record unmatched by any other film school in the country.

+ - Dan Petrie, Jr.

Dan Petrie, Jr. trustee professorScreenwriter, producer and director Daniel Petrie, Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his first produced script, the box-office hit Beverly Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy.  Next came Petrie’s original screenplay of the romantic thriller The Big Easy, starring Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin.  Petrie then served as producer of the thriller Shoot to Kill, starring Sidney Poitier and Tom Berenger, and as executive producer of the comedy Turner & Hooch, starring Tom Hanks; Petrie co-wrote both films.  Petrie also served as executive producer of The 6th Day, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, most recently, of the upcoming feature Go With Me, starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Alexander Ludwig, Ray Liotta and Hal Holbrook.  Go With Me was produced by Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, Petrie’s and Dugdale’s independent film production and financing company. It was directed by Sweden’s Daniel Alfredson and had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, both in September 2015.

Petrie's directorial debut was the film Toy Soldiers, starring Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Louis Gossett, Jr., which he also co-wrote.  Petrie also directed the HBO film Dead Silence, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and adapted and directed the TNT movie Framed, starring Rob Lowe and Sam Neill.

In 2011, Petrie was executive producer, showrunner and co-creator of Combat Hospital, simulcast on Canada’s Global TV and ABC in the U.S.  The 13-episode TV series, a coproduction of Canada’s Sienna Films and the U.K.’s Artists Studios, featured an ensemble cast headed by Elias Koteas, Michelle Borth, Luke Mably, Deborah Kara Unger, Terry Chen and Arnold Pinnock. 

In 2006, Petrie and producing partner Rick Dugdale founded Enderby Entertainment, an independent film, television and digital media company with an old-fashioned emphasis on storytelling, on the creative side, and transparency, on the financial side.  For Enderby, Dugdale and Petrie produced and Petrie directed the indie feature Dawn Patrol starring Scott Eastwood, Jeff Fahey and Rita Wilson; the film premiered at the 2014 Austin Film Festival and was released in theaters and VOD in 2015.  Enderby then produced, and Petrie wrote and directed, a second picture for Enderby, Rosemont, starring Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif, Michael Gross, Ayla Kell and Brendan Michael Coughlin; it was released in 2015 on Starz.

Petrie has an extensive history of service to the Writers Guild of America West, Inc., serving two terms each as president (1997-99 and 2004-2005) and as vice president (1995-97 and 1999-2001).  He also has a lengthy record of service to the Writers Guild Foundation. In 2013, Petrie was the recipient of the Writers Guild’s Morgan Cox Award, given to that “member whose vital ideas, continuing efforts, and personal sacrifice best exemplify the ideal of service to the Guild.” 

Petrie served as a Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (1997-1999) and as a Trustee of the American Film Institute (2004-2011). He is a long-time member of the Academy Foundation’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee (1996-2004, 2006-present).

Petrie has also long been an active volunteer for the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriting Conference, sitting on the Festival’s Board of Advisors.  In 2012, the Austin Film Festival announced the addition of a new “Enderby Entertainment Award” to the festival’s screenwriting competition.  The new award is open to feature screenplays in all genres with an original concept and distinctive voice that can be independently produced with a production budget under five million dollars.  Finalists and winners are selected by Petrie and Dugdale.

Petrie inherited his dedication to volunteer service from his parents:  Petrie’s father was the late, Emmy-winning Canadian director and longtime Directors Guild of America board member Daniel Petrie, Sr.; Petrie’s mother is the Emmy-winning television producer and longtime Producers Guild of America board member Dorothea Petrie.  Petrie’s brother, director Donald Petrie, also carries on this tradition through his service as a DGA board member and co-chair of the DGA Foundation.

+ - Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, trustee professorCheryl Boone Isaacs was recently re-elected for a third term as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors.  She is beginning her 23rd year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch.  During her tenure as a governor, she served as First Vice President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer as well as President of the Academy Foundation, the educational and cultural arm of the Academy. In 2012, Isaacs produced the Academy’s prestigious Governors Awards.

Isaacs has been a respected motion picture marketing executive for more than 30 years.  For the last nine years, her company, CBI Enterprises, Inc., has consulted for companies such as MTV Films, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company and Sony Entertainment.  Her clients have included Troika Pictures, Andrew Lauren Productions, Linden Productions, Laika Entertainment, Film Bankers International, KTLA, Success Films, Robson Entertainment, Rangeland Productions, and Cube Vision. She has consulted on marketing efforts for films including The Call, The Artist, The King’s Speech, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, Spider-Man 2 and Tupac: Resurrection.

During her tenure as President of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema (1997 – 1999), she developed and executed the campaigns for such films as Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, the company’s highest grossing film at that time, The Wedding Singer and such critically acclaimed motion pictures as Wag the Dog, Boogie Nights and American History X.  Largely through the efforts of Isaacs and her marketing team, New Line was one of only two studios to have four films - Lost in Space, Blade, Rush Hour, and Pleasantville – open No. 1 at the box office in 1998.  Rush Hour’s $33 million opening was, at the time, the largest in the company’s history. 

Prior to joining New Line Cinema in 1997, Isaacs served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Publicity, for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures.  In 1995 and 1996, she orchestrated acclaimed publicity campaigns for Forrest Gump and Braveheart, each of which won multiple Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. In addition, the campaigns were recognized by the Publicists Guild of America as the “Best” in 1995 and 1996.

From 1990 to 1994, Isaacs was Senior Vice President, Publicity, and held the title of Vice President, Publicity between 1986 and 1990. During her tenure at Paramount, Isaacs publicized the launch of such blockbusters as First Wives Club, Mission: Impossible, The Firm, Ghost, The Addams Family, Coming to America, Fatal Attraction, and the Beverly Hills Cop trilogy.  Isaacs joined Paramount in 1984 as Director, Publicity and Promotion, West Coast, and was quickly promoted to Executive Director one year later.

In addition to her long tenure at Paramount Pictures, Isaacs served as Director of Advertising and Publicity for The Ladd Company where she worked on The Right Stuff, Police Academy and Once Upon a Time in America.  Prior to that, she spent five years at Melvin Simon Productions (The Stunt Man, Love at First Bite, Porky’s) where her last position was Vice President, Worldwide Advertising and Publicity.  She began her career in 1977 as a publicist at Columbia Pictures.

In 2014, she was inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame, was awarded the Trailblazer Award from Essence Magazine and was recipient of the AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association) Horizon Award. In 2013, she was honored by BESLA (Black Entertainment Sports Lawyers Association).

+ - Michael Schiffer

MichSchifferHappily living in Phoenix after escaping alive from L.A., Michael Schiffer wrote the groundbreaking screenplay for Colors, directed by Dennis Hopper, starring Sean Penn and Robert Duval.  His next film, Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman, won NAACP Image Awards for Best Film and Best Actor; and was followed by Crimson Tide (Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington), The Peacemaker (George Clooney and Nicole Kidman), and The Four Feathers, starring Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, and Kate Hudson.

The writer of Call of Duty, Versions 1 and 2; Michael’s producing credits include Lean on Me, Very Bad Things, and Le Divorce, a Merchant/Ivory film, based on the novel by Diane Johnson.   The author of Lessons of the Road and Ballpark, both published by Simon & Schuster, Michael is working on a new book, entitled: One Last Look at the Open Road; A memoire, revisited. In addition to serving as a trustee professor at Dodge College, Schiffer is a Creative Advisor at the Scripteast Writers Conference in Poland.

+ - Cathy Schulman

Cathy Schulman, Trustee ProfessorCathy Schulman is a veteran producer and film executive. She is currently Head of Production at STX Entertainment, the recently founded studio known to be lean and innovative with deep relationships in China. Growing at breakneck speed, among STX’s first slate of films to be released included The Gift (August 2015), directed by Joel Edgerton and starting Edgerton, Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, Secret In Their Eyes (October 2015), directed by Billy Ray and starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Free State Of Jones (March, 2016), directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey.

Prior to STX, Schulman was President of Mandalay Pictures, Peter Guber’s self-financed production company that she ran since 2007.  Her experience as both an executive and producer dates back to 1987.

Schulman’s background includes executive jobs at companies including Sovereign Pictures, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Savoy Pictures and APG, as well as Sundance, where she was co-director of programming in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Schulman has produced over 20 films, including Crash, for which she won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2006, The Illusionist, Thumbsucker, Darfur Now and Bernie

Her latest film Dark Places (2015) released by A24, is based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, directed by Gilles-Paquet Brenner and stars Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult and Christina Hendricks.

At Mandalay, Schulman also produced Horns, directed by Alex Aja, starring Daniel Radcliffe and based on Joe Hill’s best-selling novel and Marjane Satrapi’s most recent film Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds, Jacki Weaver, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick. Mandalay’s When The Game Stands Tall, Soul Surfer and The Kids Are All Right were also released during her tenure.

Active in the industry, Schulman is the President of Women In Film, Los Angeles, a Board Member of Film Independent and has served as a Council Member of the Producers Guild of America.  She is also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, a USC Stark Program producer's mentor and teaches graduate level film producing at UCLA and Dodge College of Film Media and Arts at Chapman University, where she was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate.  She has also served as a judge for the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards.  She is a notable industry spokesperson and public speaker, who gave the commencement address for the 2013 graduates of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the 2014 commencement address at Dodge College.  She is a graduate of Yale University, with a double major in Theater Studies and History of Art.  She is the mother of one daughter and resides in Los Angeles, California.

+ - Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips, Trustee Professor

Michael Phillips has been producing films and television programs in Hollywood since 1971.  His films have garnered 23 Academy Award nominations, winning him a best picture Oscar for The Sting, a Palme d’Or Prize for best film for Taxi Driver, and Italy’s David di Donatello Award for Best Picture for Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in History in 1965 and from NYU Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1968.  He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1969. Phillips serves as a Trustee Professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts where he has taught classes on Cinema of the 70’s, Science Fiction in cinema, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and How I Got My Movie Made featuring filmmaking and business perspectives from today’s world.

A native New Yorker, Phillips is married to entertainment attorney and novelist Juliana Maio. He is a passionate collector of ancient Asian Art and has lectured before museum audiences on the subject of the Buddha image.

His film credits include Steelyard Blues, The Sting, Taxi Driver, The Big Bus,Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Heartbeeps, Cannery Row, The Flamingo Kid, Eyes of an Angel, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead, Mom and Dad Save the World, Mimic, Impostor, and The Last Mimzy. His television credits include The Flamingo Kid, The Companion, Jane's House and Trailer Park.

+ - Madeline Warren

Madeline Warren, Trustee Professor

A veteran motion picture executive and educator, Madeline Warren has developed and supervised production of many major studio films, including Academy Award winner L.A. Confidential

In 2007, she began teaching film at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, which led to an appointment as the Founding Associate Dean and Director of Chapman University Singapore (2008-2010), a global campus with a mission to train Singaporean filmmakers in international co-production.  There, she initiated the new academic major in Creative Producing, achieved WASC certification in the first year, and created a Hollywood internship program for Singaporean students.

Now a Trustee Professor of Film at Chapman University, she teaches courses in Creative Producing and created the Producer/Screenwriter Workshop, an Interterm course in which Creative Producers and Screenwriting majors collaborate on script development.

She has written the instructor’s manual to accompany a new filmmaking textbook, Filmmaking in Action; advises other universities on curriculum development and global education; and is developing a screenplay for international co-production in China.

+ - Larry Gross

Larry Gross, trustee professorLarry Gross is a 36-year screenwriting veteran, producer, and director best known for his collaborations with Walter Hill.  His credits include 48 Hrs., and Streets of Fire, and uncredited contributions to Ralph Bakshi's Cool World. He won the 2004 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival for We Don't Live Here Anymore.

Gross attended St Edmund Hall, Oxford and Bard College, from which he graduated in 1974. He later completed an MA in English at Columbia University and graduate work in film studies at New York University.

Gross' additional credits include Headin' for Broadway, Another 48 Hours, Wind, Geronimo: An American Legend, Chinese Box, This World, then the Fireworks, Rear Window, Gunshy, True Crime, The Virginian, Crime + Punishment in Suburbia, Prozac Nation, and The Beautiful Country.

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