Thomas Musca

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A veteran screenwriter, producer and director with more than three decades of experience in the film industry, Musca captured Hollywood’s attention as the producer and co-writer of 1988’s critically-acclaimed Stand and Deliver, which won six Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, and earned a best actor Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for actor Edward James Olmos.

Columbia Pictures released his first screenplay Little Nikita, starring River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier. In 1993, Musca also produced and co-wrote Money For Nothing starring John Cusack. His most recent projects include the screenplay, Tortilla Soup, an adaptation of Ang Lee’s Eat, Drink, Man, Woman; The Frenchman, a period romance set in the Caribbean currently in development, and KINGZ, a high school chess movie produced by Scott Rosenfelt (Home Alone, Smoke Signals).

Musca is a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in English and earned his M.F.A. in screenwriting from UCLA in 1981. In film school he collected two student Emmys, twice won The Rod Serling Award, and placed first in the American Film Institute’s video festival. He has served on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University and has conducted master classes at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters in Vancouver. Musca has been a guest lecture at the Sundance Institute, UCLA, NYU, USC and the AFI International Film Festival, among others.