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Craig Brewer

In 2005 Craig Brewer became the writer/director to watch when the Virginia native's HUSTLE & FLOW about a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis chasing his dream became an award-winning runaway hit. The Paramount Classics release won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp and its star Terence Howard was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the pimp DJay. Howard also received a Golden Globe nomination for that performance as well as numerous nominations and awards including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead. The HUSTLE & FLOW cast was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Brewer took home the coveted Audience Award at 2005 Sundance Film Festival for HUSTLE & FLOW, while Director of Photography Amy Vincent (BLACK SNAKE MOAN) was awarded the festival's Cinematography Award. The film was also nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. That same year, Brewer was named among Fade In Magazine's 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know.

He's twice won the Nashville Film Festival Audience Award, in 2001 for his breakout film THE POOR & HUNGRY and in 2005 for HUSTLE & FLOW. Shot on digital video, THE POOR & HUNGRY became a hit on the festival circuit and was later sold to the Independent Film Channel. It also won the 2000 Hollywood Film Festival Discovery Award.

Brewer attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and later moved back to his family home of Memphis, Tennessee. BLACK SNAKE MOAN is the third feature Brewer has written and directed. Next up for Brewer is MAGGIE LYNN, for Paramount Pictures.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Craig Brewer Facts

BirthdayDecember 6, 1971 (52)
BirthplaceVirginia, USA

Selected Filmography

Hustle & Flow
The Shield: The Complete Collection
Black Snake Moan
Possible Kill Screen
Black Snake Moan / Hustle & Flow
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