Jed Dannenbaum, Ph.D.
Jed Dannenbaum is a story consultant and nonfiction filmmaker who is also Professor of Practice Emeritus at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. He co-authored the Simon & Schuster book Creative Filmmaking From the Inside Out and has dozens of nonfiction film writing, producing and directing credits for HBO, Showtime and PBS, as well as projects for the National Science Foundation and in the fields of medical and legal education. He has served as a story consultant for the Getty Conservation Institute and on numerous feature films, both fiction and nonfiction.
Jed has given academic presentations on “Story,” “Non-fiction Storytelling,” “Vote for My Story,” “The Point of the Story,” and “Paleolithic Storytelling in the 21st Century.” Among the USC film students he has worked closely with are Ryan Coogler (writer-director, Creed), Chris Terrio (Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Argo), Meera Menon (director, Equity) and Ransom Riggs (best-selling author of the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series of novels that are the source for the movie directed by Tim Burton). The dozens of luminaries he has interviewed for his work include Sean Connery, Geena Davis, Robert De Niro, Carole King, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Paul Newman, Mike Nichols, Itzhak Perlman, Rob Reiner, Steven Spielberg, Twyla Tharp and John Williams.