Dale Pollock

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Dale Pollock
Born1950 (age 73–74)
Alma mater

Dale M. Pollock (born 1950) is an American film producer, writer and film professor. A journalist whose works have been published in a number of magazines and newspapers, Pollock is also the author of a biography of George Lucas.[1] Pollock has produced thirteen feature films, one of which (Blaze) received an Academy Award nomination for Cinematography. He was Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts from January 2007 to December 2019. He served as Interim Dean from January 1 to July 31, 2021, and is currently Emeritus Professor in the School of Filmmaking.[2]

Personal life[edit]

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Pollock graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1968.[3] He later obtained a B.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University and an M.S. in Communications from San Jose State University. Pollock is married to fiddle player Susie O'Keeffe Pollock. His children are Owen Pollock, Leo Pollock and Zoe Di Novi.


An excerpt of Pollock's Master of Science thesis, "The Use of Media in a Political Campaign," was published in 1975 in Daily Variety's 42nd Anniversary Issue.[4] Pollock's entry into journalism was as entertainment editor at the Santa Cruz Sentinel in Santa Cruz, CA. Subsequently, he joined the staff of Daily Variety in Los Angeles becoming Film Critic and Box Office Analyst, before moving to the Los Angeles Times where he became Chief Film Reporter in the Calendar, Business, Metro and Editorial sections. In addition, he has published in Life,[5] Esquire,[6] People Weekly,[7] and in the Daily Variety AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to George Lucas.[8] In 1983, his biography of George Lucas, Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas was published.[9] An updated version was published by Samuel French Trade in 1990[10] and a further updated edition in 1999 by Da Capo Press.[11] In 2008 Pollock began writing a monthly audio book column for the Winston Salem Journal.[12][13] Pollock's essay on the Billy Wilder film Five Graves to Cairo was published in the book Billy Wilder, Movie-Maker: Critical Essays on the Films edited by Karen McNall. Pollock's first novel, CHOPPED:A NOVEL, a vintage crime novel about the infamous Webster-Parkman trial in 1850 Boston, was published in March, 2023.

Film career[edit]

In 1985, Pollock joined The David Geffen Company as a development executive. He joined A&M Films a year later as vice president in charge of production, and was named president in 1990, producing such films as A Midnight Clear, Blaze, and Mrs. Winterbourne. Pollock founded and ran his own film company, Peak Productions, for 10 years, producing Set It Off in 1996, among other films.


Pollock's career at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. began in 1999, when he became Dean of the School of Filmmaking.[14] He held the position until 2006, when he became a professor in Cinema Studies. He had previously taught at the Peter Stark Graduate Program at the University of Southern California, the School of Professional Writing at the University of Southern California, Salem College, and the American Film Institute where he was co-chair of the Producing Program.

During his tenure as dean at the School of Filmmaking, he launched the CinEthics Conference in 2000 and in 2003 brought the RiverRun International Film Festival from Brevard, NC to Winston-Salem. He served as its Executive Director of the latter until the end of 2006, when he became chairman of the board of directors. Pollock received the title of Professor Emeritus in December 2019. Pollock served as Interim Dean of the School of Filmmaking for the Spring semester, from January through July 2021.

Public appearances[edit]

Pollock has appeared on several national news programs, including Dateline NBC,[15] Nightline, and National Public Radio's Morning Edition.[16] He has presented workshops on film producing and film ethics and has moderated several panels at major film festivals including Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Boston Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival. From 2009-2019 Pollock appeared weekly on WXII TV Channel 12 as their film critic, beginning again in 2022.[17][better source needed]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit
1988 The Beast Executive producer
1989 The Mighty Quinn
Worth Winning
1991 Crooked Hearts
1992 A Midnight Clear
1993 House of Cards
A Home of Our Own
1994 S.F.W.
1996 Mrs. Winterbourne
Set It Off
1998 Meet the Deedles
1999 Bats Executive producer
Year Film Role
2000 George Washington Thanks


  1. ^ Pollock, Dale, Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas, Harmony Books, New York, 1983, ISBN 0-517-54677-9.
  2. ^ "Dale Pollock". UNCSA. Retrieved April 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Kaufman, Jane (October 20, 2022). "Ratner, Pollock, Heller, Lehman among Shaker Schools Alumni Hall inductees". Cleveland Jewish News. Retrieved July 14, 2023.
  4. ^ Pollock, Dale M., "Hollywood's Nostalgia Binge Is Not Likely To Recall Its 1934 Political 'Dirty Tricks'", Daily Variety 42nd Anniversary Issue, Volume 169 No. 36, October 28, 1975, pp. 78–80
  5. ^ Pollock, Dale, "A Man and His Empire: The Private Life of 'Star Wars' Creator George Lucas", Life Magazine, June 1983, pp. 85–100.
  6. ^ Pollock, D., "When George and Francis Were Friends", Esquire, 1983, Vol. 99, pp. 117–120.
  7. ^ Pollock, D. and Haller, S., "Lights: Action: Study: These film students are battling for top billing in Hollywood", People Weekly, 1983, 19, pp. 42–4.
  8. ^ Pollock, Dale, "Epoch Filmmaker: In the film biz, there's Before George and After George", 2005 AFI Life Achievement Award Issue, Daily Variety, June 9, 2005, p. A1.
  9. ^ Pollock, Dale, Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas, Harmony Books, New York, 1983, ISBN 0-517-54677-9.
  10. ^ Pollock, Dale, Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas, Samuel French Trade, Hollywood, 1990, ISBN 0-573-60606-4.
  11. ^ Pollock, Dale, Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas, Da Capo Press, New York, ISBN 0-306-80904-4.
  12. ^ Pollock, Dale (April 5, 2009). "Audio Books: Samples of a satisfying new genre". Winston-Salem Journal.
  13. ^ Pollock, Dale (March 7, 2010). "Audio Books: Philosophical approaches and methods". Winston-Salem Journal.[dead link]
  14. ^ "NCSA Names Hollywood Producer Dale Pollock As Film Dean" (PDF). Callboard. Vol. 3, no. 1 (Winter). NCSA. 1999. A publication of the North Carolina School of the Arts for alumni, parents, faculty and staff. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 27, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  15. ^ NBC News Archives, Media ID T830615, reporter Jim Brown, Hollywood, 6/15/83
  16. ^ Reporter: Laura Sydell; Host: Rene Montagne (May 25, 2007). "Star Wars' Merchandise Still Sells After 30 Years". Morning Edition (Radio broadcast). National Public Radio: NPR.
  17. ^ For appearances dating from 2017 to 2020 and from 2023 see:[better source needed]

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