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Wayne Kramer (filmmaker)

Wayne Kramer (born 26 May 1965) is a South African-American filmmaker and storyboard artist. Kramer has written and directed films such as the 2003 film The Cooler, which garnered an Oscar nomination for its star Alec Baldwin, as well as two Golden Globe nominations for Baldwin and Maria Bello. He also adapted his 1995 short film "Crossing Over" into a feature-length version which starred Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd and Jim Sturgess, and was released by the Weinstein Company in 2009.[1] He also wrote the screenplay for the film Mindhunters, but the final script was heavily rewritten by others and bore little resemblance to Kramer's original work.[2]

Wayne Kramer
Wayne Kramer (Director) at Naturalization ceremony (cropped).jpg
Kramer on the set of Crossing Over in 2007.
Born (1965-05-26) 26 May 1965 (age 54)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer, storyboard artist
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Jodi Kramer


Kramer first began directing with the 1992 film Blazeland, which was never completed. Kramer has since commented that the process was "an absolute nightmare from beginning to end" and that he has no plans to finish or release the film.[3] His first official release, The Cooler, was selected for competition in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.[4] Later the same year The Cooler received a 2003 Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.[5] A year later, he was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award and an Edgar Allan Poe Award for writing the film's screenplay.[6]

In 2006, Kramer directed the crime thriller Running Scared for New Line Cinema. The film starred Paul Walker and Cameron Bright. Although Running Scared did not fare well at the box office, it has gone on to become a hugely profitable DVD title for New Line/Warner Bros. and has achieved significant cult status in the few years since its release.[7][8]

In 2006, Kramer was one of several filmmakers interviewed for the Kirby Dick documentary This Film Is Not Yet Rated, in which he discusses the apparent absurdity of the fact The Cooler was given an NC-17 certificate by the MPAA simply due to a few seconds long shot of its lead actress' pubic hair.[9]

Kramer directed Pawn Shop Chronicles, which was released on 12 July 2013. The film starred Vincent D'Onofrio, Chi McBride, Paul Walker, Kevin Rankin, Matt Dillon, Elijah Wood, and Brendan Fraser.[10]



  1. ^ "Citizen's Arrest for Wayne Kramer's Tasteless Immigrant Drama Crossing Over". Village Voice. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  2. ^ "10 Questions: Wayne Kramer". IGN. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  3. ^ Berra, John (2010). Directory of World Cinema: American Independent. Intellect Ltd. pp. 17–23. ISBN 1841503681.
  4. ^ "Sundance Notebook: 'Cooler' Feels Lucky, Fowl Play and Indecisive Party Monsters". Salt Lake Tribune. 21 January 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  5. ^ "2003: Special Recognition For Excellence In Filmmaking". National Board of Review. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  6. ^ "2004 Edgar Award Nominees". BookReporter. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  7. ^ "The Best Movie You Never Saw: Running Scared". Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Max Landis on Running Scared". Trailers From Hell. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Censuring the Movie Censors". Time. 2 September 2006. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  10. ^ Scheck, Frank (10 July 2013). "Pawn Shop Chronicles: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.

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