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Drake Doremus

Drake Doremus

Drake Doremus, native of Orange County California and graduate of the American Film Institute, has made a film a year for each of the last four years. His latest, Like Crazy, was his second Dramatic Competition Film at the Sundance Film Festival in as many years. The film was glowingly received by audiences and critics alike and sold the evening of its Premiere to Paramount Vantage and Indian Paintbrush. One week later the film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at Sundance as well as a Special Jury Prize for Best Actress to Felicity Jones.

Doremus' second feature, Douchebag, made its world premiere in Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Red Dragon Releasing. Douchebag garnered rave reviews from the likes of Elvis Mitchell (NPR), Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times), Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly), and Newsweek. The film was released in late 2010.

Doremus' first feature film, Spooner, premiered at Slamdance in 2009 and won Best Feature at several festivals. The movie was acquired by Moving Pictures and was released at the beginning of 2011.

Doremus is currently in the middle of production on his latest film in New York. The film stars Emmy Nominated Guy Pearce, Like Crazy star Felicity Jones, and Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan. The story centers around the change in a family's dynamic when a beautiful and talented foreign exchange student moves in to their house during their daughter's senior year of high school. The newest film marks his fourth consecutive with Jonathan Schwartz of Super Crispy Entertainment, his long time producer, who is producing along with Super Crispy's Andrea Sperling and Indian Paintbrush's Steven Rales and Mark Roybal.

Doremus' unique approach is to shoot films without giving actors specific lines, instead encouraging the actors to improvise while being guiding by an extensive outline which he writes. These outlines not only focus on story, but also scene objectives and subtext. Doremus has been directing and performing improv since he was 12. He has studied with several well respected improvisational teachers, including his mother, Cherie Kerr, a founding member of The Groundlings.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.

Drake Doremus Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter
BirthdayMarch 29, 1983 (39)
BirthplaceOrange, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Like Crazy
Breathe In
Pasion Inocente en DVD
Breathe in by Cohen Media Group by Drake Doremus
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