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Doug Blush, BA in Cinema Production

Adjunct Lecturer

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Division of Film & Television Production

Doug Blush is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer whose work includes over 140 feature and television projects, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as well as the American Cinema Editors (ACE).

His recent credits include, as consulting editor and co-producer, the 2019 Academy Award winning PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE, the 2018 Academy Award winning ICARUS, and, as supervising editor, the 2013 Oscar-winning 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, for which he also received the ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing.  He was Co-Editor and Associate Producer of Kirby Dick’s THE HUNTING GROUND in 2014, and the Oscar nominated and Emmy winning THE INVISIBLE WAR in 2012.  Other major recent films include MR. SOUL! (IDA Award Winner, 2018), JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY (HBO Emmy winner, 2017), THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS (HBO Best Editing Emmy nominee, 2018) CHASING CORAL (Netflix Emmy Winner, 2018), THE MARS GENERATION (Netflix, also as executive producer), ON HER SHOULDERS and DARK MONEY (both Oscar Shortlisted for 2019) and KING IN THE WILDERNESS (HBO), and earlier editorial and producing work including the popular documentaries WORDPLAY, FREAKONOMICS, OUTRAGE, THESE AMAZING SHADOWS, RICH HILL and SUPERHEROES.

Doug is the producer, cinematographer and supervising editor of THE S WORD, a new award-winning film on suicide survivors turned activists directed by his wife Lisa Klein, now playing across the US and Canada. His earlier film OF TWO MINDS, co-directed with Lisa, is an intimate look at three remarkable people living with bipolar disorder, and is winner of both the 2013 EIC Prism and SAHMSA Voice Awards for excellence in films on mental health issues.  The film was a popular documentary on Netflix and at national film festivals.

He has also worked on a wide range of major box-office Hollywood narrative films, including TITANIC (1997), INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996), DANTE’S PEAK (1997), GODZILLA (1998), SHOWGIRLS (1995), STARGATE (1994), and was an animation director on Walt Disney/ABC’s ONE SATURDAY MORNING (1998-2000).

Doug co-owns MadPix Films, a production and post production company in Los Angeles dedicated to documentary and independent films. He is also a longtime film educator with classes and seminars at USC, Syracuse University, Northwestern University and the YoungArts Foundation in Miami, as well as exchanges and panels in Indonesia, Brazil, New Zealand, Armenia, Malaysia, Nigeria, China, the Netherlands and more.