Don Bohlinger is an award winning screenwriter who has had thirty-three of his screenplays produced around the world. His feature films, television movies and miniseries have won or been nominated for a more than forty international awards. Two of his feature films, “Elles” (“Women”) from Portugal and “Das Experiment” (“The Experiment”) from Germany were their country’s entry for the 71st and 74th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. “Das Experiment” won Germany’s prestigious Bavarian Film Award for Best Screenplay in 2000. His miniseries adaptation of Henning Mankell’s novel, “Return of the Dancing Master”, won Austria’s Romy Award for best television movie in 2004, while another miniseries, “Judgement Day”, was nominated for both the German Emmy and Adolf Grimme Award for best television movie of 2008. “Flight in the Night: The Tragedy of Ueberlingen” won Germany’s Best Teleplay Award and placed 2nd for the International Emmy in Cannes, 2010. Bohlinger’s latest collaboration with director Till Endemann, entitled “Afterlove”, will begin filming in 2020.
In the United States Don has sold or optioned projects to producers George Romero, Joel Silver, Michael Douglas and Larry Turman while actors as varied as Christoph Waltz, Kiefer Sutherland, Beau Bridges, Marisa Berenson, Maximillian Schell and Bibi Andersson have played parts in movies he has written. Don’s latest project entitle “White Out” is a collaboration with famed climber Reinhold Messner and Hollywood producer Steve Schwartz, (“The Road”, “The Tree of Life”, “The Counselor”.) White Out, co-written with Sascha Arango is scheduled to film in 2020.
In addition to his thirty plus years teaching all levels of screenwriting at USC, Professor Bohlinger is a sought after lecturer and seminar instructor who has inspired professional screenwriters throughout the world. Professor Bohlinger is also a consultant and script doctor who has worked closely with international writers, directors and producers on many award winning feature films. His USC students include Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Coogler, Chris Terrio, Andrew Marlowe and Matt Weiner.
Professor Bohlinger received his BA in English from the University of Notre Dame and his MA in Film from Columbia University.