Frederick W. Chandler

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  • School of Visual Arts
  • American Film Institute
  • Film producer
  • Poet

Frederick W. Chandler is a film producer and poet.

Formerly the executive vice president of post production at 20th Century Fox. He has most notably supervised the films Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Master and Commander, Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line, and Slumdog Millionaire.[1]

In 1982, Chandler found 309 cans of nitrate negative from Orson Welles' It's All True in the Paramount vaults while working as a studio executive.[2][3][4][5]

Chandler supervised the resuscitation of “The Power and the Glory” written by Preston Sturges and directed by William K. Howard.[6]

In 2003, Chandler and Brent Mosley wrote a script based on The Doors' publicist Danny Sugarman’s personal memoir Wonderland Avenue.[7]

Chandler is a KCET/PBS Poet of The Month and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant recipient. He has been published in both domestic and international journals such as The Muse, Black Lantern, The Splizz, and Northern Stars.[8]

Chandler's poetry readings have also been produced for shows at Beyond Baroque and many literary festivals, and have been put to music by Bruce Botnick, producer of The Doors, and film composer Aaron Zigman.

Chandler attended the School of Visual Arts and is a fellow of the American Film Institute, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America.[1]

Chandler spent his earlier life in New Jersey and New York City, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jo.


  1. 1.0 1.1 ”Fred Chandler Q+A”, by Carrie Lincourt, in “Visual Arts Journal”, published Fall 2009
  2. "Orson Welles Discovery". Vimeo.
  3. "Restored 'It's All True' documentary to screen at MoMA". April 15, 2019.
  4. McBride, Joseph (April 23, 2014). "What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career". University Press of Kentucky – via Google Books.
  5. ”Magnificent Obsession”, by David Kamp, in “Vanity Fair”, published January 2002
  6. “Army Arched”, Universal Music Publishing Group in “Variety”, published April 2000
  7. “Wonderland Avenue Scriptwriters Interview: Fred Chandler and Brent Mosley”, Doors Magazine published May 2003
  8. "About the Poet". FRED CHANDLER | POET.

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