Jim Burnstein: Leventhal Visiting Artists Screenwriting Workshops

November 14, 2017
Portrait of Jim Burnstein giving a lecture in Black and White

November 16th and 17th screenwriter and Director of the Screenwriting Program at the University of Michigan Jim Burnstein will be in Columbus as part of the 2017 Leventhal Artist Program. He will be conducting several workshops as well as taking part in the 2017 Columbus Jewish Film Festival. Read below for details on the upcoming events and opportunities for students and the general public.

The Ohio State University Film Studies Program is proud to work with several organizations in the Central Ohio Community to support the Leventhal Artist Program. Special thanks goes out to The Columbus Jewish Film Festival, OSU Hillel, the Melton Center for Jewish Studies Hillel Denison, Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, the McConnell Arts Center, the Columbus Jewish Day School and the Columbus Jewish Foundation.


Jim Burnstein


Director of Screen writing Program,
Department of Screen Art and Cultures, University of Michigan
Jim earned his BA and MA in English from the University of Michigan. After successfully writing a screenplay Renaissance Man that became a major Hollywood hit directed by Penny Marshall and starring Danny DeVito, he returned to his alma mater in 1995 to build one of America’s top screen writing programs.
His screen credits also include Love and Honor. Scripts in the works include Naked Shakespeare, The Palio, and The Matai, featuring American football in Samoa.
Thursday November 16
“Harold and Lillian: a Hollywood Love Story” is a film about the two storyboard artists that helped create many iconic movies. Jim will introduces the film and discuss the contributions that American Jews have made to the movie industry.
Call For reservations for Deli Supper at
6:00pm. ($20) 614-231-2731
7p.m. – Jewish Community Center
1125 College Ave, Columbus
Admission $12 (JCC Members $10)
Thursday November 17
Screen writing Workshop for Cinema and TV
Join Professor Andy Roses’ Writing for Cinema & TV classes for a presentation by Professor Burnstein. He will discuss the process of screenwriting, show U of M student films, and share personal experinces in the industry.
9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. -OSU
Ohio Union, Senate Chamber Room, 
1739 N High St.
Program Free and open to the public
Pitch Session” and Happy Hour
Jim and participants will chat informally at the happy hour (wine, beer, cheese plates, and veggie trays) & interact with participant that bring a few lines about their sreenplay idea. (max. 30 persons)
General Admission: $25 Students: $10,
Payment due at registration.

CLICK HERE to register.

4:30p.m. Happy Hour followed by Pitch
Session at 5:30p.m.
McConnell Arts Center
777 Evening St., Worthington