Professor; Director of Screenwriting Program
Jim Burnstein managed to beat the odds and make it as a successful Hollywood screenwriter without moving from his home in Plymouth, Michigan. Mr. Burnstein’s screen credits include Renaissance Man, the 1994 comedy directed by Penny Marshall and starring Danny DeVito; D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996-1997); and Love and Honor, the 2013 drama starring Liam Hemsworth, co-written with Garrett Schiff of Los Angeles.
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.
Burnstein was appointed by Governor John Engler and reappointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council from 2003 until 2011. As the Council’s Vice Chair, Burnstein was one of the leading proponents of the Michigan Film Incentive program that was passed in 2008.
Born in Detroit, Burnstein and his wife Cynthia, a high school English teacher, have called Plymouth home since 1977. Their children Gabriel, Devin and Jacob are all University of Michigan graduates. Their granddaughter Remy is slated for the class of 2025.
- Naked Shakespeare, original screenplay co-written with Garrett Schiff, rewritten in 2012 for Voltage, currently in pre-production.
- Take Five, original screenplay co-written with Garrett Schiff, Robert Odgen Barnum attached to produce.
- Palio, original animated screenplay, currently written for Original Force