(Director), an award-winning filmmaker, has risen to the top ranks of American
film directors after helming just three features prior to "High
Crimes": "One False Move," "Devil in a Blue Dress,"
based on the novel by Walter Mosley, and "One True Thing," based on
the novel by Anna Quindlen.
Franklin's highly praised feature film
debut, the low-budget crime drama "One False Move," starring Bill
Paxton, Cynda Williams and Billy Bob Thornton, was named one of the ten best
films of 1992 by the National Board of Review. The film also earned him the
prestigious New Generation Award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association in
1992, the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker and the IFP Spirit Award for
Best Director in 1993.
Franklin's next feature film was
"Devil in a Blue Dress," starring Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle and
Jennifer Beals, and based on the acclaimed novel by Walter Mosley. Next, he
directed the emotional drama "One True Thing," starring Meryl Streep,
William Hurt and Renee Zellweger. Franklin began working professionally as a
feature film director with Roger Corman's Concorde Films. After a screening of
his award-winning American Film Institute thesis film, "Punk," he was
signed to direct "One False Move."
For television, Franklin directed the
acclaimed HBO miniseries "Laurel Avenue" (1993), the story of an
extended African-American family living in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Franklin began his career as a
successful actor. He made his feature film debut in the comedy "Five on the
Black Hand Side" and followed that with a wide range of regular television
roles on programs including "Caribe," "Fantastic Journey"
and "McClain's Law."
He made his stage debut with the New
York Shakespeare Festival, appearing in productions of "Cymbeline,"
"Timon of Athens," "Pantagleize" and "Twelfth
Night" at New York's Lincoln Center and the Arena Stage in Washington D.C.
Franklin also received critical acclaim for his performance in the original
Taper Too production of the three character play, "In the Belly of the
Franklin studied history and dramatic
arts at University of California at Berkeley before embarking on his acting
career. He subsequently received his masters degree in directing at the American
Film Institute and was the recipient of their Franklin J. Schaffner Award in
1996. Franklin is a board member of the Independent Feature Project/West and has
taught Film Analysis at the American Film Institute.
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