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Josh Klausner

Josh Klausner attended Princeton University, where he was involved in the theater community as an actor, playwright and director, and studied theater luminaries Bobby Lewis and Albert Innaurato. Klausner's thesis play, Scratch, received the Francis LeMoyne Page Prize for Excellence in Theater. After graduation, Klausner co-created the short Season of the Lifterbees, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1992, and won the Time Warner Grand Prize at the Aspen Shortsfest and a regional AMPAS Student Academy Award for Best Dramatic Short.

In 1994, Klausner began working as an assistant to the Farrelly Brothers, on their first film, Dumb & Dumber, moving on to work as 2nd unit director on the Farrellys' hit 1998 film, There's Something About Mary and again in 2001's Shallow Hal.

In 2000, Klausner wrote and directed HBO's The 4th Floor, starring William Hurt, Juliette Lewis, Austin Pendleton and Shelley Duvall. He did additional screenplay work on Shrek the Third, and wrote the original screenplay and storyline for DreamWorks Animation's upcoming Shrek Forever After, to be released later this year.

Klausner is currently working on a number of feature film projects, including a live action adaptation of Thomas the Tank Engine, and an adaptation of Adena Hapern's The Ten Best Days of My Life for Shawn Levy's 21 Laps, which will star Amy Adams. He is also collaborating with Sir Paul McCartney on High in the Clouds, an upcoming animated feature film based on the former Beatle's children's book.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.

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