On this episode, the Crew goes behind the scenes with movie director & screenwriter Rod Lurie to discuss his latest movie THE OUTPOST.
Lurie is an Israeli-American director, screenwriter and former film critic. Lurie wrote and directed the widely-praised Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated political thriller "The Contender," starring Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Gary Oldman and Christian Slater. He also wrote and directed the films "Straw Dogs," "Nothing But the Truth," and "Resurrecting the Champ". Additionally, he created and executive-produced "Line of Fire," a one-hour FBI drama for ABC, and directed the feature film "The Last Castle."
In television, Lurie created the series "Commander In Chief," which was nominated for the Best Drama Series Golden Globe, and for which Geena Davis won the Best Actress Golden Globe for her depiction of the first female President of the United States.
Lurie made his film writing and directing debut in 1998 with the dramatic short "Four Second Delay," which won the Best Short Film award at the Atlanta Film Festival and the Crested Butte Reel Fest. The film also won the Prix du Jury at the Festival of American Cinema in Deauville, France. Lurie followed in 2000 with his first feature film, "Deterrence," a drama about America coming to the brink of nuclear war, starring Kevin Pollak and Timothy Hutton.
Before he segued to filmmaking, Lurie graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984 and went on to serve for four years as a Combat Arms officer in the U.S. Army. After the military, Lurie first enjoyed success as a film critic and entertainment reporter, breaking into journalism as a reporter for the New York Daily News, and was also a film critic and interviewer for Channel 12 in Fairfield, Connecticut. In addition, he was a frequent contributor to such magazines as Premiere, Movieline and Entertainment Weekly. After moving to Los Angeles, Lurie worked as a film critic, investigative reporter and contributing editor to Los Angeles Magazine from 1990-1995.
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