Douglas Brode, PMHS Class of 1961, is a well known film and media historian, multi-award winning journalist, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and educator. Born on Long island and raised in Patchogue, Dr. Brode traveled upstate to attend SUNY Geneseo as an undergrad and stayed in the region to do graduate work in Shakespearean studies at Syracuse University, where he and his wife Sue (Johnson) Brode raised a family. Dr. Brode became the coordinator of the Cinema Studies program at Onondaga College and then an adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he remained for 14 years through 2005. In recent years he taught at the University of Texas San Antonio, where he currently makes his home.

Dr. Brode is the author of more than 40 books on film and the mass media including Films Of The Fifties, Films Of Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington (a biography), Sinema (about erotic films), Shakespeare In The Movies (for Oxford University Press), and two books on Walt Disney for the University of Texas Press: From Walt To Woodstock and Multiculturalism and the Mouse. He also wrote Elvis Cinema And Popular Culture for McFarland Press. He and Carol Serling, widow of famed TV producer Rod Serling, are currently completing Rod Serling And The Twilight Zone:The Official 50th Anniversary Tribute. Brode wrote the screenplay for Midnight Blue, which one critic called the best of the low-budget erotic thrillers.”

His produced plays include Heartbreaker and Somewhere In The Night.