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Jeffrey Kurz

  • Lecturer, Film, Video, Animation and New Genres


BFA, Film, UW-Madison
BA, English and Communication Arts, UW-Madison


Jeffrey Kurz is a producer, writer, educator and former film studio executive.  During his eight-year tenure at Miramax Films, he was involved in Neil Jordan’s Academy Award-winning The Crying Game, Wes Craven’s Scream, Alex Proyas’s The Crow, Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic, Chris Eyre’s Smoke Signals, and John Carpenter’s Halloween series.  

Recently produced feature films include: The Vivian Maier Mystery for the BBC; and Deep Woods, written and directed by Steve Laughlin and released by 1091 Pictures.  Film projects in development include: An Ocean Apart starring Charlotte Gainsbourg as Simone de Beauvoir and Matt Dillon as Nelson Algren; Blackdeer, with director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers; and Dead Girl Walking, with directors Jeff Fitzsimmons and Stuart Davis.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kurz also teaches professional practice courses in screenwriting and film producing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.  He has lectured on entertainment industry practices at Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Writers Institute and the Chicago Writers Institute, and is a member of the board of Milwaukee Film and the Catalyst Story Institute.