Joseph McBride

Professor of Cinema
Area of expertise
Film history
Orson Welles
John Ford
Steven Spielberg
Frank Capra
Joseph McBride
Joseph McBride is an internationally recognized film historian, journalist and screenwriter. He has written or edited 17 books, including critically acclaimed biographies of Frank Capra, Steven Spielberg and John Ford. He has written three books on Orson Welles, and co-wrote the part for and appeared as a film critic in Welles' film "The Other Side of the Wind." His book on screenwriting, "Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless" was published in 2012. His most recent book, "Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit," is the result of McBride's more than three decades of personal investigation into the 1963 Kennedy assassination and the fatal shooting that same day of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit. McBride served as a reporter, reviewer and columnist for "Daily Variety in Hollywood" for many years. His screenwriting credits include co-writing the cult-classic punk rock musical "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and five American Film Institute Life Achievement Award specials on CBS-TV. He has received a Writers Guild of America Award and four other WGA nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and a Canadian Film Awards Nomination.
Highest Degree
Ph.D. equivalency, San Francisco State University
Office Phone
(415) 405-2169