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Joshua Russell

Joshua Russell

Assistant Professor

David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts

School of Stage and Screen

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2624
Office: 292 Belk Building


Joshua Russell is the Film & Television Program Coordinator at Western Carolina University and Assistant Professor of Screenwriting. He is a highly-decorated independent filmmaker, having garnered theatrical release for all of his feature projects to date, and having won a number of prestigious awards ranging from “Best Producer” at St. Tropez in France to “Best Picture” at Sunscreen in St. Petersburg, Florida. His work has been highlighted in several major publications including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Time-Out, and Variety Magazine. Joshua’s most current directorial effort, Christian, is a dramatic feature film shot on location outside Missoula Montana and in Glacier National Park, and is currently on the film festival circuit. Joshua is also the co-author of the highly acclaimed indie broad-audience science fiction book series Universe Eventual, audio books produced and released by Podium Publishing. Over the last ten years, Joshua has taught screenwriting and filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University, where he received his MFA in Screenwriting.


  • MFA, Depaul University
  • BA, Northeastern University, English/History

Teaching Interests

Screenwriting & Narrative Theory; Producing & Motion Picture Process Management; Motion Picture Directing; Film History, Criticism, and Aesthetics.

Research Interests

Screenwriting; Feature, Short, and Episodic Film Production; Narrative theory; Process Management.

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