Mari Kornhauser has taught in the English Department’s Creative Writing Program at Louisiana State University since 2005. Prior to teaching at LSU, she wrote on assignment for various motion picture studios, producers, directors, and actors in Los Angeles. She also wrote and co-produced two features which led her to make her directorial debut in 2000 with an award winning independent feature. All three films had domestic and international release. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina transformed her life. She did not evacuate New Orleans and worked with journalists reporting the flood and levee failures that decimated the city. She shot her first non-fiction videography footage (2005-2008), which has been licensed by numerous entities. From 2010-2012, she wrote for the Peabody award-winning HBO television series, TREME (2010-2012). In researching her own projects, she is particularly interested in exploring the gray areas of the human heart and condition. Her teaching particularly focuses on writing for film and television from a working writer’s and a production point of view. In recent years, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in screenwriting as well as special topics interdisciplinary courses in Writing and Acting for Short Films, and Writing Web Series. She is a member of The Writer’s Guild of America, West, Louisiana Women in Film and Television, and The University Film and Video Association.
Area of Interest
Produced Screenplays and Film Credits
(All films have award winning actors and a combined budget of ten to fifteen million dollars.)
2008 KITCHEN PRIVILEGES (aka HOUSEBOUND), writer and director credits, starring Golden Globe nominated Peter Sarsgaard, Katharina Wressnig, Angeline Ball. United States Domestic DVD release Distributor: Xenon Pictures/Lionsgate.
2000 HOUSEBOUND, writer and director credits. Starring Golden Globe nominated Peter Sarsgaard, Katharina Wressnig, Angeline Ball. World Wide Distributor except for United States: First Look Media
1995 FTW (aka THE LAST RIDE), writer and assoc. producer credits. Starring Academy Award winning Mickey Rourke and Lori Singer. Directed by Michael Karbelnikoff. Distributors: NuImage and HBO
1991 ZANDALEE, writer and co-producer credits. Starring Academy Award Winning Nicolas Cage, Judge Reinhold, Joe Pantilano, Steve Buscemi, Marisa Tomei. Directed by Sam Pillsbury. Distributors: Carolco, Live, and ITC.
TELEVISION, PRODUCED CREDITS
2010 – 2012 Writer for HBO’s Peabody award winning television series, TREME, Season Two and Three, created by Eric Overmyer and David Simon. Wrote “Slip Away” episode (2012 PenUsa Teleplay finalist) for Season Two and co-wrote “The Greatest Love” for Season Three.
2010 CAR WARS, a reality TV pilot for A & E Network. Produced with Executive Producers Jackie Levine and SuperFine Productions.
New Media Projects, Produced
2013 Consulting Producer on web-series LEAST FAVORITE LOVE SONGS, Season Two, created by Joesph Meisner and Helen Kreiger.
ENGL 2009 Beginning Screenwriting Workshop
ENGL 4000/THTR 3900 Special Topics: Writing Web Series
ENGL 4009 Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
ENGL 4109 Screenwriting Capstone
ENGL 7009 Screenwriting Workshop