Faculty / School of Media : Culture : Design

George Larkin

Chair and Professor, Filmmaking

George Larkin has worked in film, television, and theatre on many award winning and critically acclaimed films and plays. He currently is the Chair of Filmmaking at Woodbury University. 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. Routledge Research published his book, Post-Production: the Invisible Revolution of Filmmaking, in 2018.

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. 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 films from Baghdad writers, Speaking of Baghdad and Sami’s Cock, played on TV and won best drama at the Independent Film Quarterly Film & New Media Festival. They also screened at ten other festivals, six 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 (Dexter), Rex Lee (Entourage), Silas Weir Mitchell (Grimm, Prison Break, Rat Race), Navid Negahban (Legion, Homeland, 24, Alladin), Keith Szarabajka (Argo, The Dark Knight, Supernatural), and Michael Urie (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 in Los Angeles and on the Artistic Board at Sacred Fools.


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


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