DRAKE DOREMUS (Director/Co-Writer), 28, 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 AwardÂ® 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.
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