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English Department
First Floor, Wendell Phillips Center
Amy Smith
Department Chair
College of the Pacific

Patti McCarthy

Dr. McCarthy teaches film, filmmaking, writing, and literature classes.

“I truly believe in the power of creative imagination... applied to filmmaking it has the power to change the world.” Patti McCarthy

Film Industry Experience

Patti McCarthyDr. McCarthy was hired by producer Ray Stark as Creative Executive at Rastar Productions for Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment and was promoted to Head of Development.  During her tenure at Rastar she worked on such notable projects as:

  • Nickelodeon's Harriet the Spy
  • To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (starring Michelle Pfeiffer, directed by David Kelly)
  • Random Hearts (starring Harrison Ford, directed by Sydney Pollack, written by Kurt Ludtke & Darryl Poniscon)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchette, written by Eric Roth, directed by David Fincher) 

Also on the Sony lot, she was asked by veteran producer Larry Turman and John Morrissey at the Turman-Morrissey Company in association with Rastar Productions to develop high-concept projects, including, American History X, for New Line Cinema, starring Ed Norton (nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor), Edward Furlong, Beverly D'Angelo and Elliot Gould. 

She is currently working as Co-Producer on the documentary film Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way (Clint Eastwood, Executive Producer; Bruce Ricker, Director/Producer).

Higher Education Experience

Prior to being hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific in 2006, Dr. McCarthy was appointed Sr. Director of Entertainment, Arts, and Humanities at California State University, Northridge, where she was directly responsible for creating and promoting over 300 new film and arts programs and events, most notably in Cinematography, Editing, and Screenwriting.

At Pacific, Dr. McCarthy has taught a number of English and General Education courses. She regularly teaches courses in the Film Studies Program such as Screenwriting and Film Production.


Dr. McCarthy received her Ph.D. in Critical Studies in Film and an M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She also earned an M.A. in Critical Studies in Film and B.A.s in English and Psychology from the University of the Pacific. 

Speaking and Publications

Dr. McCarthy has been a keynote speaker for many events and conferences, including the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Conference, and she is a frequent panel moderator and speaker at the University Film & Video Association.

Her book, The Lucas Effect: George Lucas and the New Hollywood, is currently in rewrite for publication at Teneo Press, while a proposal for another, George Lucas: The Force of the Postmodern Franchise, was recently accepted by Mellon Press.

Contact Information

Patti McCarthy, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English/Film Studies Program
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Phone: 209.946.7360
Office: Wendell Phillips Center, Rm. WPC 129

University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211