Joseph McBride

Joseph McBride
Screenwriting Advisor
(415) 405-2169


Associate Professor McBride, who has taught at SF State since 2002, has written or edited sixteen books. They include the critically acclaimed biographies "Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success," "Steven Spielberg: A Biography" and "Searching for John Ford;" three books on Orson Welles; and the Howard Hawks interview book "Hawks on Hawks." In 2012, McBride’s book "Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless" was published by Vintage Books (New York) and Faber and Faber (London). Many of his books have been published in foreign editions; the French edition of "Searching for John Ford, A la recherche de John Ford," won an award in 2008 from the French film critics’ association as Best Foreign Film Book of the Year.

McBride was 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, four other WGA Award nominations, two Emmy Award nominations, and a Canadian Film Awards nomination. He spent six years acting for Welles as a film critic in the still-unfinished film "The Other Side of the Wind", for which he wrote his part with the director.