Joe Cacaci, School of the Arts professor, will deliver a Master Class about TV writing at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP), São Paulo, as part of the TV Writing Intensive course he'll be teaching in Brazil.
The Master Class is supported by BRAVI, ICAB, SPCINE, COMUNITAS AND CENTRO RUTH CARDOSO.
Joe Cacaci co-created the CBS prime time series The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, starring Sharon Gless and has been the Executive Producer of two prime time series, SHOWTIME ‘s The Hoop Life, starring Dan Lauria, Mykelti Williamson and Gregory Hines and CBS’s The Education of Max Bickford, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden. He wrote and directed the final episode of The Hoop Life, which starred Charles Durning and Edward Asner. He wrote the episodes of Max Bickford, that brought Eli Wallach and Peter O’Toole to the show. Joe was an Executive Producer with David Black and Mr. Dreyfuss of Mr. Black’s PBS series Copshop, and directed the pilot episode, which starred Mr. Dreyfuss, Blair Brown and Jay Thomas. He has written and produced numerous movies for all three major networks, starring actors like Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, Meredith Baxter, Joanna Kerns and Adam Arkin to name just a few.
Joe has directed two indie features, Stranger in My House, starring Lindsay Crouse, and National Lampoon’s, Snatched, starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Jay Thomas and Ernest Borginine. He wrote, directed and co-produced, with John Whalan and Black Ice Entertainment, the short film, Food for Thought, for Joe Mantenga's Quickbites series, which aired on KCET in August of 2012, featuring Tony Shaloub and Minnie Driver and which was selected to open the 2013 Berkshire International Film Festival. He directed and executive produced, with Mr. Whalan, the short film, Halftime, written by Richard Dresser and featuring Treat Williams. The film was also selected for BIFF, 2013 and is part of a new venture that Joe started with Mr. Whalan, to produce original short films for distribution on the internet, TV and theatrical release. Along with Odyssey Networks, Joe is currently putting together financing for Invisible Men, a feature film he wrote about baseball's Negro Leagues. Info at invisiblethemovie.com.
Joe teaches television writing in the graduate program of the Film School at Columbia University, and in the undergraduate film department at Wesleyan University.