Kelly Fremon Craig
Kelly Fremon Craig
January 1, 1981
Whittier, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of California, Irvine|
|Occupation(s)||Film director, screenwriter, producer|
Kelly Fremon Craig (born January 1, 1981) is an American screenwriter, producer, and film director. She is known for directing, writing, and co-producing the 2016 coming-of-age dramedy The Edge of Seventeen.
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Fremon Craig was born in Whittier, California and graduated from UC Irvine with an English degree. When she was 13, she watched a lot of MTV, which sparked her interest in music videos. She stated that music videos were "like little short films". Spoken word or slam poetry was what Fremon Craig initially began writing.
Fremon Craig started out by writing sketch comedy and spoken word poetry in college, then landed an internship in the film division of Immortal Entertainment, where she read her first film script and began to pursue screenwriting. She developed several screenplays during the 2000s, including a modern high school retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac and a comedic remake of the 2004 French drama Intimate Strangers for Paramount Pictures. One of her scripts, Ticket to Ride, caught the attention of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman. He bought the script under his The Montecito Picture Company as a directing vehicle for himself. According to Reitman, the script was rewritten at least 15 times. The film was released, under the new title Post Grad and was instead directed by Shrek director Vicky Jenson. Post Grad was released in 2009 to critical and commercial disappointment.
In 2011 Fremon Craig completed another script titled Besties and sent the script to James L. Brooks. Brooks bought the script and it was announced that Fremon Craig would direct the film and Brooks would serve as a producer and mentor for her first film. No updates were issued for the feature until August 2015, when Hailee Steinfeld was announced to star in the film. Casting continued until October of that same year, with filming commencing that same month. The film was released by STX Entertainment in fall 2016 under its new title The Edge of Seventeen to critical praise and it was a modest financial hit. Fremon Craig kept a series of journals that helped inspire her while writing The Edge of Seventeen. She took some of these journal entries and formed them into the script. For research on the film and script, Fremon Craig went to high schools and hung out with teenagers to better understand what their lives were like. Fremon Craig also provided uncredited rewrites (and was briefly attached as co-screenwriter) for the 2018 Transformers spin-off film, Bumblebee, which also starred Steinfeld.
Fremon Craig was originally attached as the sole screenwriter for an animated film adaptation of Scooby-Doo for Warner Animation Group. The film, released as Scoob! in 2020, was instead rewritten by Adam Sztykiel, Jack Donaldson, Derek Elliott, Matt Lieberman, Eyal Podell, and Jonathon E. Stewart. Fremon Craig is currently collaborating again with James L. Brooks in the film adaptation of the Judy Blume book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
- Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (2023), a film adaptation of the classic novel for Gracie Films
- Wild Game, a film adaptation of the memoir Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me for Chernin Entertainment
Fremon Craig has cited writer-director John Hughes as an influence on writing The Edge of Seventeen, and has mentioned Christopher Guest, Alexander Payne, Nick Hornby, and David Sedaris as inspirations. She also takes inspiration from Nora Ephron by taking moments of her own life and putting them into her writing. Fremon Craig stated that James L. Brooks is her comedy idol, “there's nobody in the world I love more than Jim Brooks. Like he is the reason I wanted to be a filmmaker."
- Intimate Strangers for Paramount Pictures
- A modern-day high school retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac for Level 1
- The Good Life for Fox Searchlight Pictures
- The Best Mistakes for Level 1
- Lovehampton for The CW and Alloy Entertainment
- An untitled pilot for CBS Television Studios and Uppity TV
- Scoob! rewrites for Warner Animation Group and Warner Bros.
- Untitled The Edge of Seventeen web series for YouTube Premium
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|The Edge of Seventeen||2016||Director, screenwriter|
|Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret||2023||Director, screenwriter, executive producer|
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|List of awards and nominations|
|2016||Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Comedy||The Edge of Seventeen||Nominated|||
|New York Film Critics Circle||Best First Film||Won[a]|||
|Chicago Film Critics Association||Most Promising Filmmaker||Nominated|||
|Toronto Film Critics Association||Best First Feature||Runner-up|||
|Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Film||Nominated|||
|Austin Film Critics Association||Best First Film||Nominated|||
|Indiewire Critics' Poll||Best First Feature||3rd place|
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards||Breakout Filmmaker of the Year||Nominated|
|2017||Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards||OFCC Award for Best First Film||2nd place|||
|Directors Guild of America Awards||First-Time Feature Film||Nominated|||
|Golden Tomato Awards||Best Comedy Movie 2016||5th place|
|Online Film & Television Association||Best Feature Debut||Nominated|
|2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Movie||Nominated|||
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22nd Critics' Choice Awards
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Comedy
New York Film Critics Circle
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Film
Chicago Film Critics Association
Detroit Film Critics Society
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Film
Austin Film Critics Association
Directors Guild of America Awards
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Intimate Strangers (2004 film)
True Grit (2010 film)
Romeo & Juliet (2013 film)
The Keeping Room
Pitch Perfect 2
Carrie Pilby (film)
The Edge of Seventeen
Dickinson (TV series)
Hawkeye (2021 TV series)
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (film)
List of awards and nominations received by Hailee Steinfeld
Kate Bishop (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
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- ^ "Hailee Steinfeld Gets Surprise Birthday Party at 'Bumblebee' Premiere". The Hollywood Reporter. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
Christina Hodson wrote an amazing script, which drew me into this world... Kelly Fremon Craig, who wrote and directed me in Edge of Seventeen, did the rewrite, and we had wonderful conversations about developing Charlie's voice into what you see now.
- ^ "La La Land Leads with 12 Nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards". Critics' Choice. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
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- ^ Graham, Adam (December 14, 2016). "Local critics: 'Moonlight', 'Manchester' best of 2016". The Detroit News. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
- ^ Anderson, Erik (December 15, 2016). "Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) Nominations: The Handmaiden Lands Top Mentions, Trevante Rhodes Double Nominated". AwardsWatch.com. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
- ^ Miller, Neil (December 15, 2016). "2016 Austin Film Critics Awards Nominees, 'Moonlight' and 'Arrival' lead the way in AFCA's 2016 nominations". Medium.com. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
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- ^ Hipes, Patrick (11 January 2017). "DGA TV Awards Nominations: 'Stranger Things', 'Westworld' & 'Atlanta' On List; Docus Include 'OJ: Made In America'". Deadline. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
- ^ Schwartz, Ryan (March 2, 2017). "2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations List — 'This Is Us,' 'Stranger Things'". TVLine. Archived from the original on 2017-04-07. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
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