Screenwriter, professor and director of screenwriting program, University of Michigan
Jim Burnstein is a screenwriter, professor and director of the screenwriting program at the University of Michigan. He managed to beat the odds and make it as a successful Hollywood screenwriter without moving from his home in Plymouth, Michigan. Burnstein’s screen credits include “Renaissance Man,” the 1994 comedy directed by Penny Marshall and starring Danny DeVito; “D3: The Mighty Ducks” (1996-1997); “Ruffian,” the 2007 drama starring Sam Shepard co-written with Garrett Schiff of Los Angeles for ABC and ESPN; and “Love and Honor” (2013) starring Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer, also written with Schiff. In 1995 Burnstein returned to his alma mater, the University of Michigan, to build one of America’s top undergraduate screenwriting programs in the Department of Film, Television, and Media. In 2018 Burnstein was promoted from his lecturer’s position to full Professor. Over the past twenty-five years, Burnstein has welcomed dozens of Knight-Wallace Fellows to take screenwriting classes. The Fellows proved to be a great asset to the screenwriting program as they shared storytelling experiences and wisdom with their undergraduate classmates.