In Zebrahead, his award-winning feature film debut, Anthony Drazan
tackled such tricks' themes as interracial relationships, racism, youth culture and bigotry. In Imaginary Crimes, his critically praised follow-up feature, he explored the complicated nature of families, fathers, forgiveness and the pursuit of the American Dream. Now with his third feature, Hurlyburly. Drazan switches gears, taking on a fast and furiously funny comedy with a biting moral edge. The complex doesn't scare Drazan - which is one reason he chose film making as a career in the first place. He began studying film at NYU after majoring in theatre at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drazan's first short student film won several awards, catapulting Drazan to a Hollywood writing career. Meanwhile, he began writing the semi-autobiographical urban drama Zebrahead - a story so intimately close to Drazan's experience he knew he had to direct it. Starring Michael Rapaport
and N' Bushe Wright and executive produced by Oliver Stone
, the film drew rave reviews for its unflinching look at teenage inter-racial relations. At the 1992 Sundance Film Festival. Zebrahead was awarded the coveted Filmmaker's Trophy; and Anthony Drazan's name was added to the list of America's most promising up-and-coming voting directors.
Drazan next directed the 1994 coming-of-age drama Imaginary Crimes, starring Harvey Keitel, Fairuza Balk, Kelly Lynch and Vincent D'Onofrio. The story of a family raised by a charismatic con-man, the film again drew praise for its fresh and truthful depiction of growing tip tinder daunting circumstances.
Long committed to bringing Hurlyburly to the screen, Drazan spent the last several years working intensively to that end.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
Anthony Drazan Facts
|Birth Name||Anthony Peter Drazan|
|The West Wing|
|Zebrahead by Michael Rapaport|
|Harvey Keitel: Imaginary Crimes|