Producer Gary Foster Joins Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Every semester, Dodge College hosts an expert filmmaker to meet with and counsel 10 selected scholars, as part of its Filmmaker-in-Residence program. The popular program includes regular, bi-weekly meetings with the filmmaker in a one-on-one setting where the student and mentor have the opportunity to creatively develop a specific project throughout the semester. In addition, the filmmaker interacts with the larger Dodge College community at weekly dinners open to students and screenings of the filmmaker's films followed by an in-class Q & A led by professor and producer Alex Rose (The Other Sister, Overboard, Norma Rae).
"As a producer of both major feature films and some of today's hit television series, Gary Foster brings a unique perspective to helping our students understand the rapidly changing landscape of storytelling for the screen," says Dean Bob Bassett. "His experience over many genres and platforms is particularly valuable today as the world of television is transforming what's happening with long-form stories and attracting the top talent in the industry today."
Veteran Hollywood producer Gary Foster has been active in the film and TV industry for nearly three decades. He began his career as a producer in the mid-1980s. At the age of 25, he produced his first film, Short Circuit and the success of the film put the young producer's career in full swing. In 1993, Foster produced the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated hit Sleepless in Seattle, which grossed more than $300 million worldwide.
From 1993-1995, Foster served as president of Lee Rich Productions and produced Just Cause, The Amazing Panda Adventure, and Big Bully. In 1996, he made one of the iconic sports movies Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner.
In 2003, he began a series of three movies for Marvel Studios. Foster produced Daredevil starring Ben Affleck in the title role, which was followed in 2005 by Elektra, starring Jennifer Garner, and finally, Ghost Rider in 2006, starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes.
In 2009, he produced The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. The film inspired Gary to join the Board of Directors of Lamp Community, a homeless shelter and mental health services provider in Los Angeles, where he now serves as the Board Chairman.
Other notable credits include My Old Lady, starring Kevin Kline; Emperor, starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones; THE COMEDY When in Rome, starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel; Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance, starring Nicholas Cage; The Score, which brought together the talents of Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando; Gloria, starring Sharon Stone; Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia; and the comedies Loverboy and Side Out.
Foster is partnered with former President of Sony Pictures Television Russ Krasnoff. Working in both the feature film and television world, Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment produces for both the big and small screens.
Foster and Krasnoff, along with Dan Harmon, developed the acclaimed comedy series Community. Foster is an Executive Producer of the NBC/Sony Pictures Television comedy series starring Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong. The series is now in its sixth season and will air on Yahoo Screen.
Beginning in the summer of 2014, Foster and Krasnoff's new series Satisfaction premiered on the USA Network. Created by Sean Jablonski, it stars Matt Passmore and Stephanie Szostak.
Past notable Filmmakers-in-Residence at CHAPMAN have included Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman (Crash, The Illusionist, Salvation Boulevard), Academy Award-nominated producer JoAnne Sellar (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights, Magnolia), award-winning director Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Grumpy Old Men, Mystic Pizza), Hollywood producer Cathleen Summers (The Sandlot, Stakeout, Another Stakeout), director and producer Betty Thomas (Dr. Doolittle, Private Parts, Brady Bunch Movie, I Spy), screenwriter and producer Leslie Dixon (Mrs. Doubtfire, Hairspray, Limitless), director and producer Jonathan Sanger (Vanilla Sky, The Elephant Man, The Producers), director Sheldon Epps (Friends, Frasier), producer Michael Phillips (Taxi Driver, Close Encounters of the Third Kind), and director Martha Coolidge (Real Genius, Rambling Rose, Valley Girl).