Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay

Josh Greenfeld

Discipline: Film/Video – screenplay
MacDowell Fellowships: 1958, 1960, 1961

Writer Josh Greenfeld (1928-2018) wrote the screenplay for Harry and Tonto (co-written with Paul Mazursky), which earned an Oscar nomination. He also wrote a series of books on raising an autistic child. Greenfeld, who was in residence in 1958, 1960, and 1961, also wrote the powerful 1978 telemovie Lovey: A Circle of Children, Part II, starring Jane Alexander as real-life Mary MacCracken, a teacher of children with cognitive disabilities; and Oh, God! Book II (1980), with George Burns reprising his comedic title role. Greenfeld was born in Malden, MA, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Dramatic Arts in 1953. While at MacDowell in the spring of 1960, he married Japanese writer and artist Foumiko Kometani. Greenfeld wrote a trilogy of books detailing the heartbreaking struggle of raising and caring for an autistic child. The first publication, 1972's A Child Called Noah, was written in journal form and is considered a landmark book in the field of autism, receiving universal praise for its honesty. In 1976, Greenfeld adapted Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches into the Broadway play I Have a Dream, starring Billy Dee Williams as King. His other plays included Clandestine on the Morning Line, The Last Two Jews of Kabul and Canal Street. His novels included O for a Master of Magic and The Return of Mr. Hollywood.



Josh Greenfeld worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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