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Michael Schiffer

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts


Happily 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.  A Creative Advisor at the Scripteast Writers Conference in Poland, Schiffer is a Trustee Professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.