Faculty / School of Media : Culture : Design

George Larkin

Chair and Professor of Filmmaking

George Larkin has worked in film, television, and theatre on many award winning, critically acclaimed films and plays. He’s a graduate of Yale University, has an MA of Shakespearean Studies from the University of Birmingham (England), and has PhD in Film & Media Studies at the University of California-Berkeley. He won the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award at Berkeley. In 2018, Routledge Research published his book, Post-Production: the Invisible Revolution of Filmmaking.

He was the head of development and post-production supervisor on two of David O. Russell’s films (Spanking the Monkey & Flirting With Disaster) as well as Manny & Lo, The Last Good Time, and Wigstock: the Movie. The films premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, and Avignon Film Festivals and were distributed by Miramax, New Line, Sony Classics, and Samuel Goldwyn. The films starred Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Téa Leoni, Mary Tyler Moore, Maureen Stapleton, Ben Stiller, and Lily Tomlin.

He helped develop Russian Roulette, a Sony reality show that aired in over 20 countries, and sold another reality show to Endemol, makers of Deal or No Deal and Big Brother.

His recent short documentary, The Exchange Girl, is a short documentary about women working in dangerous conditions in silent film post-production that has been accepted into 22 film festivals and won 3 awards.

His previous short films, Speaking of Baghdad and Sami’s Cock, adapted the work of Iraqi writers and aired on Link TV and streamed on Hulu. They also screened at 10 other festivals, 6 times thru Amnesty International, at SCMS, Columbia Law School, NYU, U-Mass Boston, the University of York, University of Baghdad, University of Basra, University of California-Berkeley, and at the US Air Force Academy. The films star C.S. Lee (For All Mankind, Dexter), Rex Lee (Entourage), Silas Weir Mitchell (Grimm, Prison Break, Rat Race), Navid Negahban (Homeland, 24, Aladdin), Keith Szarabajka (Argo, The Dark Knight, Supernatural), and Michael Urie (Maestro, Ugly Betty).

He also actively works in theatre. His last play, The Bastard Son of William Shakespeare, won second in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards. His plays have won/been nominated for fourteen awards. He also served on the Board of Directors at the Met Theatre and on the Artistic Board at Sacred Fools in Los Angeles.


BA, Yale University
MA of Shakespearean Studies, University of Birmingham
PhD in Film & Media Studies, University of California-Berkeley


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