Julian Hoxter

Julian Hoxter
Associate Professor
Screenwriting Advisor
(415) 338-1298
Building: Fine Arts
Room Number: FA 341
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Office Hours: 
Wednesday: 11:30 am-12:30 pm


Professor Hoxter is the Screenwriting Coordinator for Cinema at San Francisco State University. He has taught screenwriting, film and media and cultural studies in the US and UK for over fifteen years. He recently published Write What You Don't Know: an accessible manual for screenwriters which has been adopted as a textbook at a number of universities and film schools. In 2009, his documentary feature "Imagine a School... Summerhill" won "Best Independent Feature, Ages 12-18" (Coalition for Quality Children’s Media) and the "Movies That Matter, Excellence in Filmmaking Award" (Moving Pictures Magazine). Hoxter is both a prize winning screenwriter and a story consultant and rewrite specialist for independent feature films. In the latter capacity Hoxter is a regular collaborator with the award-winning filmmaker Travis Mathews.


  • M.F.A. equivalency, San Francisco State University
  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Theater, Film & Television 
  • M.A., University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • B.A., University of East Anglia, Norwich

Selected Publications & Filmography:


  • I Totally Disagree With You (dir. James Franco) Hybrid narrative/ documentary feature. Story consultant. [In post production]
  • Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story (dir. Mike Stabile) Documentary feature. Story consultant. [In post prodction]
  • Translucent Blues (dir. William Tyler Smith) Feature documentary about the musical collaboration between Ray Mazarek (ex. Doors) and slide guitarist Roy Rogers. Co-producer/ camera operator. [In post production]
  • Oscillate Wildly (scr. Travis Mathews & Keith Wilson) Feature. Official selection, IFP Forum Slate 2014. Story consultant [In development]
  • Brontez and Rick (scr. Travis Mathews) Feature. Official selection, Outfest Screenwriting Lab. Story consultant. [In development}
  • Interior Leather Bar. (dir. James Franco & Travis Mathews) Feature. Official Selection, Sundance Film Featival 2013, Berlinale 2013, etc. Story consultant. 2013
  • I Want Your Love (dir. Travis Mathews) Feature. Official selection: Fringe! Gay Film Festival, London 2012; 2012 Frameline, San Francisco; Cinema Queer Internation Film Festival Stockholm 2012; 2012 Inside Out, Toronto LGBT Film Festival; 2012 Outfest, Los Angeles Etc. Story consultant. 2012
  • Imagine a School...Summerhill (dir. William Thyler Smith) Ethnographic documentary feature. Official selection: Asheville Film festival (2008); Featured film : Jersey Shore Film Festival (2009); Kids First! Film Festival (2009); Santa Fe Film Festival (2009); Astra Film Festival, Sibiu Romania (2011) etc. Executive producer, director of photography, 2008 Awards
  • Best Independent Feature, Agese 12-18 2009 (Kids First! Coalition for Quality Children's Media)
  • Special Movies That Matter, Excellence in Filmmaking Award 2009 (Moving Pictures Magazine)


  • Andrew Horton and Julian Hoxter eds., Screenwriting, (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2014) A scholarly collection covering the history of Hollywood Screenwriting. A volume in the Behind the Silver Screen series. 
  • Julian Hoxter, Write What You Don't Know: An Accessible Manual For Screenwriters (New York: Continuum Books, 2011)
  • Julian Hoxter, The Pleasures of Structure: Learning Screenwriting Through Case Studies (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) [In press]
  • Daniel Bernardi and Julian Hoxter, Screenwriting At The End Of Cinema (Berkeley: University of California Press, forthcoming 2016) [Contracted]