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CARL FRANKLIN (Director) studied history and dramatic arts at UC Berkeley and soon began his professional career as an actor at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York. After several years as a stage actor he transitioned to television where he co-starred in three television series with veteran actors James Arness, Roddy McDowell & Stacy Keach. Later Carl had a recurring role in the eighties series "The A-Team." Carl began writing to create new opportunities for himself and decided to return to school to study film directing at the AFI. He received his Masters Degree from the American Film Institute, where he won the Remy Martin Award for his short film "Punk".
Carl was hired directly out of film school by Roger Corman's Concorde Films for whom he directed three low-budget movies. He followed that with his breakthrough film, the crime drama ONE FALSE MOVE, which was released in 1992 to great acclaim. The film was widely praised & wound up on numerous top-ten lists by various critics (including #1 By Gene Siskel & #2 by Roger Ebert on their famous tv series "Siskel & Ebert"). Carl"s work on ONE FALSE MOVE earned him the New Generation Award by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, US Magazine"s Breakthrough Award, the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker and the IFP Spirit Award for Best Director.
Carl went on to direct the award-winning mini-series "Laurel Avenue" (1993) for HBO. He then wrote & directed DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS (1995) starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. Based on the Walter Mosely book, the film drew rave reviews from the critics. In 1996 he was awarded the American Film Institute's prestigious Franklin Schaffner Award for excellence and a commitment to quality in directing. In 1998 he directed the adaptation of Anna Quindlen's novel ONE TRUE THING starring Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger and William Hurt. The film earned Meryl Streep both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
In 2002 Carl's next film HIGH CRIMES was released by Fox. The film starred Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Jim Caveziel. He then re-teamed with Denzel Washington for the 2003 thriller OUT OF TIME.
After directing the pilot for the FX series "The Riches" starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, Carl directed episodes on HBO's acclaimed series "Rome" and the award-winning HBO mini-series "The Pacific." He directed the pilot for DreamWorks'/TNT series, "Falling Skies."
In 2011 Carl directed the pilot episode of the new Starz series, "Magic City." He is currently at work writing a screenplay based on the life of the legendary soul singer, Sam Cooke, and recently directed 2 episodes of the upcoming David Fincher- produced original Netflix series, "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey & Robin Wright.
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