Craig Brewer



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Craig Brewer

Screenwriter Director

Date of birth: 6 December 1971

Place of birth: Virginia, USA

 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. And Brewer took home the coveted 2005 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. The film also awarded the festival’s Cinematography Award to Director of Photography Amy Vincent (BLACK SNAKE MOAN) and was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. That year, Brewer was named among Fade In Magazine's "100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know." His films would win the Nashville Film Festival Audience Award twice: in 2005 for HUSTLE & FLOW and in 2001 for his breakout film THE POOR & HUNGRY, a film he shot on digital video. It 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. Like BLACK SNAKE MOAN, most of Brewer’s films are set in his beloved Memphis where he grew up writing and directing plays in school. He attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, but later moved back to Tennessee with his family. HUSTLE & FLOW was inspired in part, by the experience of finding his own voice and the journey of getting his first film produced by a studio.

Filmography Cinema - TV


2007 Black Snake Moan

2005 Hustle & Flow

2003 Water's Edge

2003 Resolutions of the Complacent Man

2002 Pressure

2000 The Poor and Hungry



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