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Screenwriter/Producer/Director Tom Musca Named 2006-2007 Moseley Fellow in Creative Writing at Pomona College

Tom Musca, award-winning screenwriter, producer and director, has been named the 2006-2007 Moseley Fellow in Creative Writing at Pomona College. As the Moseley Fellow, Musca will teach a screenwriting course at Pomona College in fall 2006.

Musca first captured attention as the producer and co-writer of Stand and Deliver, a film about dedicated calculus teacher, Jaime Escalante, inspiring his dropout-prone students at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. This movie garnered outstanding reviews and nabbed many awards, including six Independent Spirit Awards, among them Best Picture and Best Screenplay. It was recognized on many of Top-10 lists and remains a perennial favorite on television.

Musca is currently scripting Bringing the Heat, a high school chess drama that is scheduled to shoot this year. Tortilla Soup, his most recently produced screenplay, won numerous accolades and is the third highest selling Latino-themed DVD in history. His most recent teleplay is the school dance extravaganza Gotta Kick it Up! – a Disney Channel presentation that was the No. 1 cable show of 2003 among pre-teen girls.

The Moseley Fellowship is made possible through funding from the Louisa and Francis Moseley Memorial Instruction Fund. The Fund was created in 1985 from an estate gift from Francis and Louisa Moseley and is used primarily "to support efforts of the English Department of the College to improve writing of students."

The fellowship is in its sixth year. Previous Pomona College Moseley Fellows include: Paula L. Woods, award-winning mystery author; Verlyn Klinkenborg, an acclaimed essayist, author and a regular contributor to the New York Times; Salvador Carrasco, writer and director of the feature film The Other Conquest; poet B.H. Fairchild, author of Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest; and Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.