Santa Clara University

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Phone: 408-551-7052
Room number: Arts & Sciences 216
Courses taught:
Introduction to Digital Filmmaking (Comm 30), Global Screenwriting (Comm 130B), Short Fiction Production (Comm 131B), Short Documentary Production (Comm 132B), Master Shot/Studio Production (Comm 134B), American Film History (Comm 137A)

Michael Whalen

Knight-Ridder/San Jose Mercury News Endowed Professor and Associate Professor

B.A. in Communication, Santa Clara University, 1989

M.F.A. in Film/Television Directing, UCLA, 1993

Michael Whalen’s television experience includes writing, producing and directing for such hit series as Fox Television’s “COPS,” and A&E’s “BIOGRAPHY.” He has also produced for The Discovery Channel, NBC, MTV, and The Learning Channel (TLC). Whalen has also produced multiple award winning independent documentary films, including FRESH Women (2007), A Christmas in Tent City (2008), and A Question of Habit (2011). His documentary Gringos at the Gate (2012) explores US/Mexican relations and national identity through the intense rivalry of the two nations’ soccer teams. It will have a national television broadcasts on ESPN/ ESPN Deportes from 2013-2015. Currently, Whalen is in the process of completing The Farmer & the Chef, a feature-length documentary about the unique relationship between chef David Kinch of Manresa restaurant and farmer Cynthia Sandberg of Love Apple Farms.