Patti McCarthy


Patti McCarthyAssistant Professor of Film Studies
Department of Theatre and Communication Arts

Academic History

M.F.A., Film Studies, University of Southern California
Ph.D., Critical Studies, University of Southern California


Patti McCarthy has experience teaching classes in film production, screenwriting, creative producing, film history, film aesthetics, and writing. Prior to teaching and developing the Film Studies program at the University of the Pacific, McCarthy worked as Head of Development at Rastar Productions at Sony Pictures Entertainment and was involved in the production of many well-known major motion pictures, including: Random Hearts (Harrison Ford), Harriet the Spy (Rosie O’Donnell), To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (Michelle Pfeiffer), American History X (Edward Norton) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt). Recently, she co-produced a documentary film, Clint Eastwood presents Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, and a series of short, biographical documentary films about George Lucas which were based on her book, The Lucas Effect: George Lucas and the New Hollywood (Teneo 2014).