Division of Humanities and the ArtsDepartment
Krakowski was born in Poland and received his education at the Polish Film School in Lodz, where he studied theater and film directing. Before leaving Poland in 1968, he was also known as a promising poet, writer and a cartoonist.
After being sent to Hollywood on a six-month scholarship, he was stripped by the Polish authorities of his citizenship and declared a persona-non-grata in his native country. In Los Angeles he attended the American Film Institute, where among his classmates he counts: David Lynch, Terrence Malick and Paul Schrader.
Over the last three decades, Mr. Krakowski wrote, directed and/or produced over 30 feature films and TV movies for major studios and TV networks. Some of his more memorable projects are: TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT, with Willem Dafoe and Edward James Olmos, EMINENT DOMAIN, starring Donald Sutherland and Ann Archer, MANAGUA, with Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Moriarty and Assumpta Serna, TIDES OF WAR, with Ernest Borgnine and David Soul, and PORTRAIT OF A HITMAN, starring Jack Palance and Rod Steiger.
His feature production, based on a popular series of comic books, CAMPFIRE STORIES, has been shown on Showtime in May 2003 and sold theatrically all over the world. His latest production, a docu-drama FAREWELL TO MY COUNTRY, was released theatrically to critical acclaim in November 2002 and shown in several countries
Adding to its growing list of awards ahead of its theatrical release March 2009, “Looking for Palladin” won “Best Feature Film” at the Sixth Queens International Film Festival November 9. “Palladin,” also won Best Film and Best Ensemble Cast awards at the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival October 2008. The film stars Ben Gazzara, (a CCNY alum) .