In Zebrahead. his award-winning feature film debut, ANTHONY
DRAZAN tackled such tricks' themes as interracial relationships,
racism, youth culture and bigotry. In Imaginary Crimes, his
critically praised follow-up feature, he explored the complicated
nature of families, fathers, forgiveness and the pursuit of the
American Dream. Now with his third feature, Hurlyburly. Drazan
switches gears, taking on a fast and furiously funny comedy with
a biting moral edge. The complex doesn't scare Drazan - which
is one reason he chose film making as a career in the first place.
He began studying film at NYU after majoring in theatre at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drazan's first short
student film won several awards, catapulting Drazan to a Hollywood
writing career. Meanwhile, he began writing the semi-autobiographical
urban drama Zebrahead - a story so intimately close to
Drazan's experience he knew he had to direct it. Starring Michael
Rapaport and N' Bushe Wright and executive produced by Oliver
Stone, the film drew rave reviews for its unflinching look at
teenage inter-racial relations. At the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.
Zebrahead was awarded the coveted Filmmaker's Trophy; and
Anthony Drazan's name was added to the list of America's most
promising up-and-coming voting directors.
Drazan next directed the 1994 coming-of-age drama Imaginary
Crimes, starring Harvey Keitel, Fairuza Balk, Kelly Lynch
and Vincent D'Onofrio. The story of a family raised by a charismatic
con-man, the film again drew praise for its fresh and truthful
depiction of growing tip tinder daunting circumstances.
Long committed to bringing Hurlyburly to the screen, Drazan
spent the last several years working intensively to that end.
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