Dale Pollock

Interim Dean of FilmmakingSchool of Filmmaking

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Dale Pollock

Dale M. Pollock, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, became the head film critic for the Daily Variety in 1977 until he was hired by the Los Angeles Times to be their chief entertainment correspondent. In 1985, Pollock joined David Geffen’s company as a development executive. He joined A&M Films as vice president in charge of production, and was named president in 1990, producing such films as "The Mighty Quinn," "A Midnight Clear" and "Mrs. Winterbourne." Pollock ran his own film company Peak Productions for 10 years, producing the box office hit "Set It Off." In 1999, he became Dean of the School of Filmmaking at UNCSA, stepping down in 2006 to become Emeritus Professor of Cinema Studies. Pollock was awarded an Endowed Professorship in Film in his name at UNCSA School of  Pollock is currently writing a book on the institutional history of UNCSA. Pollock was named Interim Dean of the School of Filmmaking in December 2020, until a new Dean is hired. 


  • Distinguished Scholar, UNCSA School of Filmmaking
  • Producer of 13 feature films, all released theatrically and in home video
  • Film reviewer for print, radio and TV
  • Author of “Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas” which has sold more than 150,000 copies and remains in print
  • Author of essays on the directors, Billy Wilder and John Huston

Career Highlights

  • Co-founder of the Producing Program, American Film Institute, 1995
  • Responsible for creating the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem
  • Serves as a mentor and advisor to students
  • Dean of the School of Filmmaking, 1999-2006

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Recipient of the 2020 Arts Council of Winston-Salem Award
  • Recipient of the 2016 UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Recipient of the 2003 Downtown Excellence Award
  • Holds the Dale M. Pollock Endowed Professorship of Filmmaking
  • Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in the early 1980s


  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Producers Branch
  • Producers Guild of America
  • Writers Guild of America


M.S. CommunicationsSan Jose State University

B.A. AnthropologyBrandeis University

Management Development ProgramHarvard Graduate School of Education