Jim Strain teaches screenwriting in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.
His feature credits include Bingo (1991); Jumanji (1995), co-written with Greg Taylor; Summer of the Monkeys (1998), a Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence winner (co-written with Greg Taylor); and Space Warriors (2013).
With Stephen Chiodo, Strain co-wrote Alien Xmas, a children’s book that won a special recognition Saturn Award in 2006 from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
Strain holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from the UCLA College of Fine Arts, now the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.