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Alumni in Film

Spotlight on: Michael Hogan ’88

Michael Hogan ’88 While a student at Holy Cross, Michael Hogan ’88 cultivated his love of film by taking Professor Steve Vineberg’s courses, “ American Film” and “ American Directors.

A member of the College’s NROTC program, Hogan served four years in the United States Navy as a SEAL after graduation. He went on to pursue his Ph.D. in English literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . There, he earned his master’s degree while teaching composition, literature and film courses.

Ultimately, he decided against completing his Ph.D. and opted for business school instead—although, according to Hogan, “I hold out hope that some day I’ll find the time to write my dissertation.”

Together, he and his wife Joanne ’89 attended the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College , graduating in 1999.

Soon after, Hogan met the founding partners of Hart Sharp Entertainment through a connection; he has been working in their New York City offices since then.

“My title is ‘chief operating officer,’ though that’s a rather highfalutin title, given that we’re a 10-person company,” Hogan explains. “So I prefer ‘partner.’”

Hogan is responsible for the company’s business operations, including the creation and management of the True Film Fund, a private equity fund that finances their films. Hart Sharp has produced the films You Can Count on Me and Boys Don’t Cry, which earned actress Hilary Swank an Academy Award. In addition, the company’s home video distribution offshoot recently released the documentary Super Size Me and Faith Rewarded, New England Sports Network’s chronicling of the 2004 Boston Red Sox season. Hogan’s credits include executive producing the films Nicholas Nickleby, A Home at the End of the World and P.S.

Hart Sharp’s next production to be released is Proof, adapted from the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. The film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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