John Duvall, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies

john.duvall@dominican.edu

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Although he began making movies in elementary school, John never wanted to live in a megalopolis like Los Angeles. But when he decided working odd jobs in Indianapolis wouldn’t get him where he wanted to go, he headed out to L.A. and USC’s film school. Graduating with an MFA in Cinema Production in 1983, John went on to work at most of the major Hollywood studies – Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Disney, and others – creating and editing sound effects for some great movies, including War of the Roses, Awakenings, Heathers, and his crowning achievement, the Academy Award-winning Dances with Wolves.

Finally, other challenges beckoned when John was invited by Elon University in North Carolina to create its new Cinema program. But his heart was still in California, so when Dominican offered him the opportunity to build a new Cinema concentration in its Communications Department, John jumped at the chance. He brings to his teaching not only his years of professional experience, but also his boundless personal enthusiasm, energy, and individual concern for each and every student.

Now the Dominican Cinema program is growing by leaps and bounds, as is the Student Film Club, which John is faculty sponsor for. He also has a passion for environmental activism, so John has served several years on the Greener Dominican Task Force. And ever shooting for higher vistas, he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he is producing a documentary video about ecological sustainability in the local Marin County community.

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