UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

People / Faculty


J. Mira Kopell



  • 7412 Dwinelle Hall



Ms. Kopell teaches screenwriting and digital production at Berkeley. As a screenwriter Kopell has written for HBO and PBS as well as Los Angeles and New York based producers. In New York City she worked as an editor/creative consultant for video artist Charles Atlas.  Her video, "Dancenoise: Behind the Scenes at the Whitney" screened at the Whitney Musuem of American Art, summer 2015.  

Kopell has been a script evaluator for the American Film Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Marin Council for the Arts and has previously taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The New School and San Francisco State. Kopell is co-founder of Eureka Studios, a media and video production company. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America East and received her MFA in Film Production, TSOA. 

Select publications

“Writing Historical Fiction” Creative Screenwriting 

Book Review Creative Screenwriting