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Mary Fielder

Lecturer
Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts

Biography

Mary Beth Fielder is a screenwriter, director and producer.  Her credits include the television drama, “thirtysomething” and scripts for Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.  She recently produced and co-wrote two award winning feature films Wild About Harry and Togetherness Supreme. Togetherness Supreme grew out of the screenwriting workshops Fielder conducted in Kibera, East Africa’s largest slum. In addition to producing and writing, Fielder coached the cast of over 50 non-professional actors.

Fielder has also served as the faculty mentor for over 100 student films. She developed innovative strategies for teaching ethics and collaboration in the filmmaking process and was twice awarded the USC Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Fielder joined the faculty of Dodge College in 2012. 

“My goal in teaching and mentoring young filmmakers is to provide both a safe place to explore and the tools to articulate their personal vision. My students and I both passionately want the same thing: to create films that will move an audience to tears or laughter, to reverence or revolution—and often to all of these things and more. There's nothing more gratifying than seeing the excitement in a student's eyes when they connect to the truths that they've discovered about life.”