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Interim Undergraduate Advisor
BA Cum Laude , English Literature
Director/Writer/Professor Sharyn C. Blumenthal's indie feature TAKE TWO is a dark comedy about bad choices, worse choices, power politics, and personal redemption, starring Joyce Hyser and Albie Selznick. Blumenthal's short films include WALKING TO WALDHEIM, which premiered at the American Film Institute, screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival, and was a finalist at the Hollywood Film Festival, stars Emmy Award Winner Doris Roberts, Tony Award Winner John Randolph, comic Taylor Negron, and Broadway and TV veteran Kaye Ballard.
Blumenthal's list of credits include: the Cine Eagle Award winning film THE POET'S WIFE, starring Rachel Chagall, which was selected to represent the U.S. at film festivals in Spain, Germany, and Italy, and also competed stateside at CineWomen, and The Sinking Creek Film and Video Festival. For a Showtime Network anthology series, Professor Blumenthal wrote and directed three films: WOMAN ON A TRAIN, THE PHOTOGRAPHER, and AS ALWAYS MADELAINE (which also screened at the New York Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and featured Viveka Davis and Diane Salinger.
Professor Blumenthal's feature documentary THE PHOENIX EFFECT, about the transference of traumatic memory on 2nd and 3rd generation Holocaust survivors was partially funded by a grant from The Leonard Nimoy Foundation. The film was purchased by Harvard University was requested to be archived by the University of Jerusalem, Skirball, The US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, and the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum. The film has received special screenings at many venues nationally. Other award winning documentaries, including PEARL'S GARDEN (Chicago Festival, Women In The Directing Chair), TOWARD STILLNESS (KPBS, and received Individual Artists Grants from San Diego State University). ROCK AND HAWK, a film on the poet Robinson Jeffers and his wife Una Jeffers was funded by grants from California Council of the Humanities and The Witter Bynner Foundation.
Last Spring Blumenthal directed and co-wrote with Professor Emeritus from San Diego State University, Kathleen Jones, the full-length play, ACTS OF FAITH, based on the collected stories of Grace Paley for Laterthanever Productions. It premiered and received a 4-week run at 10th Ave Playhouse in San Diego. Professor Blumenthal's play S.I.N. was produced at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles; and two other plays she wrote, GENERATION EZ (at the Ventura Court Theater) and WORKING FOR FREE (at the Playwright's Arena), were produced by Women In Theater, Los Angeles. Professor Blumenthal's comedy ONE GIRL STRAIGHT received a staged reading at the Stella Adler Theater.
Professor Blumenthal is a former Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute. She received her MFA in Film and Television from Temple University. Articles about and reviews of her work have appeared in The American Cinematographer, The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly, The Journal of The University Film & Video Association, and The San Diego Tribune. Professor Blumenthal is the Former Chair of the Film & Electronic Arts Department at Cal State University, Long Beach. She is represented by Ann McDermot, Literary Manager, Los Angeles, CA.