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Hollywood Screenwriter of "Shrek 2," "The Smurfs" and Other Big Screen Movies Presenting Life Experiences (Lecture rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m.)

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

You’ve seen those loveable characters in Shrek 2, The Smurfs, The Rugrats Movie and other big screen movies and small screen specials. Now meet one of the Hollywood screenwriters whose credits include those Emmy and Academy Award-winning wonders––David N. Weiss.

Take a journey with Weiss as he shares his experiences as creator of some of Hollywood’s biggest hits during "A Shrek of a Trek: The Wild Personal Ride of a Hollywood Screenwriter."

Mixing true life stories with practical career tips and wisdom from his ancient Jewish heritage, Weiss has wowed audiences around the world. In fact, some of his creative ideas have been inspired by the Torah.

Co-hosted by Del Mar College’s (DMC) Music Department and the Chabad Coastal Bend, Weiss’ FREE rescheduled  lecture begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, due to the weather closure on Jan. 16, in Wolfe Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center Music Building on the DMC East Campus (Kosar and Ayers). For more information, contact DMC faculty member Bill Lipman at 361-698-1605 or

Weiss’ other movie credits include All Dogs Go to Heaven, Clockstoppers and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, along with television shows such as CBS’ series Cybill, The CW’s Mission Hill and Nickelodeon’s Roundhouse. He also co-wrote Columbia Pictures’ family hit, Are We There Yet?, starring Ice Cube.

He has also written three books for children, including Kay Thompson’s bestseller, Eloise in Hollywood, with his writing partner J. David Stem and has taught at the Jerusalem-based Ma'aleh School of Television, Film and the Arts in Israel.

Weiss served two terms as Vice President of the Writers Guild of America–West between 2005 and 2009. He then served as the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer.

A member of the Motion Picture Academy, Weiss travels the world teaching and lecturing on writing and religion.

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