Dominique Dunne Film Competition

Advisory Board

FVS is proud to have four internationally known film and television veterans as members of the competition's advisory board. Board members receive copies of the winning films.

Griffin Dunne '74: Older brother of Dominique, Griffin Dunne is an award-winning actor and filmmaker. As an actor, he is best-known for his performance as Jack Goodman in 1981's "An American Werewolf in London," but he's appeared in dozens more movies, including "Johnny Dangerously" (1984),"After Hours" (1985), "Who's That Girl" (1987), "My Girl" (1991), "Quiz Show" (1994), Game 6 (2005). He's made numerous TV appearances on shows such as "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "Frasier" and "Alias." Most recently he was seen as a regular in the USA Network's advertising agency show, "Trust Me." As a director, his movie credits include "Practical Magic" (1998), "Fierce People" (2005) and "The Accidental Husband" (2008). Producer credits include "After Hours" (1985) "Running on Empty" (1988), "White Palace" (1990) and "Fierce People" (2005). His 1996 short live action film, "Duke of Groove" was nominated for an Oscar, and he was nominated for Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy/Musical for "After Hours." He also earned an Emmy nomination in 1993 for his work on "Frasier."

John Goldwyn '76: John Goldwyn, grandson of legendary Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn, began his motion picture career at The Ladd Company in 1981. During his tenure there, Goldwyn developed the hugely successful Police Academy franchise, the second installment of which he executive-produced in 1985. In the fall of 1985, Goldwyn joined Alan Ladd Jr. at MGM/United Artists and oversaw such hits as "Running Scared," "Moonstruck" and "A Fish Called Wanda." In 1988, Goldwyn became executive vice president of worldwide production and was responsible for all aspects of production and development for the studio. In 1990, Goldwyn left MGM/United Artists to join Paramount Pictures and was promoted to president of the Paramount Motion Picture Group one year later. In 2002, he was elevated to vice chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group. While Goldwyn was a senior executive at the studio, Paramount Pictures took home three Best Picture Oscars® for "Forrest Gump," "Braveheart" and "Titanic." Other notable films released under his aegis include "Wayne’s World" and its sequel, "Wayne’s World 2;" "The Firm;" "The Truman Show;" "The First Wives Club;" "Mission: Impossible" and its sequel, "Mission: Impossible II;" Tom Clancy’s "Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger" and "The Sum of All Fears;" "What Women Want;" "Saving Private Ryan;" "Deep Impact;" "Mean Girls;" and many others.

In 2004, Goldwyn became an independent producer at the studio. He produced the Peabody/Emmy award-winning Showtime hit series Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall which ran for eight seasons. He also produced the critically acclaimed "I’m Not There" with Christine Vachon. In 2005, Goldwyn teamed with Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels to form Michaels/Goldwyn Productions at Paramount. Their first collaboration, "Hot Rod," starring Andy Samberg and directed by Akiva Schaffer, was released by Paramount Pictures in August 2007. In 2008, they produced the comedy "Baby Mama," starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, for Universal Pictures. "MacGruber" was produced for Relativity Media/Universal in 2010, and "The Guilt Trip," starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, was produced for Paramount in 2012. The feature film, "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," produced with his father Samuel Goldwyn Jr. in association with Red Hour Films (Ben Stiller & Stuart Cornfeld), was released by 20th Century Fox in 2013.

In 2014, Goldwyn executive-produced the limited series "Gracepoint" for Shine America and Fox Broadcasting Company. Goldwyn is currently in post production on the comedy feature "Masterminds" to be released this year Goldwyn currently has an executive producing deal for scripted drama with Discovery Channel.

Tony Goldwyn '78: Actor, director and producer Tony Goldwyn is currently most well known for his portrayal of President Fitzgerald Grant on the smash television show "Scandal." Goldwyn, however, has been in the movie business for decades, both in front of and behind camera. He also co-created and executive produced the series "The Divide" for AMC Studios. He was also featured in the 2014 movie "Divergent."

In addition to acting on "Scandal," Goldwyn has directed episodes of the show in the second, third and fourth seasons. Other television directing credits include prestigious programs such as "Dexter," "Justified," "Law & Order," "Damages," "Grey's Anatomy" and "The L Word."

Goldwyn made his feature directorial debut with "A Walk on the Moon" starring Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen.  Additional feature directing credits include "The Last Kiss," based on Gabriele Muccino's "L'Ultimo Bacio," for which Goldwyn received Best Director from the Boston Film Festival and the romantic comedy "Someone Like You." His last effort, "Conviction," earned Hilary Swank a SAG Award nomination, won Best Film at the Boston Film Festival and was awarded a Freedom of Expression honor from the National Board of Review.

As an actor, Goldwyn first caught audiences' attention with his portrayal of the villain in the box office smash "Ghost." He went on to appear in numerous other films including "The Pelican Brief" with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, "Kiss The Girls," Oliver Stone's "Nixon," "The Substance of Fire," "The Last Samurai" opposite Tom Cruise and the recent remake of Wes Craven's classic "The Last House on the Left." He is also familiar to children as the title voice in Disney's animated feature "Tarzan."

His other television acting credits include "The Good Wife," "Dexter," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Without A Trace," "The L Word," the HBO Mini-Series "From The Earth To The Moon," "Frasier," "Murphy Brown" and "Designing Women," where he touchingly portrayed the first AIDS victim on a prime time series.

Goldwyn began his acting career on the stage, spending seven seasons at the Williamstown Theater Festival. His New York theater credits include "The Water's Edge" at the 2nd Stage Theater, "The Dying Gaul" at the Vineyard Theater, "Holiday" at The Circle in the Square opposite Laura Linney, "Spike Heels" with Kevin Bacon at 2nd Stage, "The Sum of Us" at the Cherry Lane Theater, for which he earned an Obie Award and "Digby" at the Manhattan Theater Club. His most recent stage credit was starring in the revival of the hit musical "Promises, Promises" on Broadway.

Through his philanthropic work, Goldwyn co-chairs the Artists' Committee for the Innocence Project, is an Ambassador for the humanitarian relief organization Americares and is a Trustee for the Second Stage Theater.

Ed Sherin '48: A longtime producer and director, Ed Sherin spent only one year at Fountain Valley School, but he remains involved with the school to this day. As a producer and director, he is most known for his long association with the successful "Law & Order" television series. He also directed episodes of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Medium," "Homicide: Life on the Street," and "Tour of Duty." He also directed on Broadway, scoring a Tony nominator for best director in 1974 for "Find Your Way Home." He is married to actress Jane Alexander.
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