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Mardik Martin, M.A.

Senior Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Email: mardikma@usc.edu
Work Phone: 213.740.3303
Office: SCA 335

Mardik Martin earned his Master's degree in Screenwriting from New York University [NYU] and has been a screenwriter for decades. His courses at USC include writing the short script, the screenplay and advanced feature rewriting.

His credits include Mean Streets (1973), Raging Bull (1980), New York, New York (1977), Valentino (1977) and Revenge is my Destiny, as well as numerous uncredited script doctorings on features. He received WGA nominations for his screenwriting for both Mean Streets and Raging Bull.

Among his documentaries are Italianamerican (1974), American Boy (1978) and The Last Waltz (1978). He started teaching screenwriting at NYU after earning a scholarship and his M.A. His most recent project is the documentary Mardik: From Baghdad to Hollywood which will be released in 2011.

In 2006, the Writer's Guild of America honored Martin by naming Raging Bull as one of the 101 greatest screenplays ever penned. In 2009, Mardik received a lifetime achievement award from ARPA. He recently contributed a segment to Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers.