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Producer Joseph Krutel

Producer Joseph Krutel

 

 





Introduction to Joseph Krutel. 1:55 min.  Video Editing:  Adam Martin.  Music:  Sofia Rosenblatt.  Recorded via Zoom, 9/27/2020, Indian Creek, Miami Beach.

 

JOSEPH KRUTEL is a TV and film producer who divides his time between Los Angeles, New York City, and his native Miami.

Krutel began his career in Miami working for the iconic director / producer, Michael Mann, in a production role on Miami Vice.

His most recent film, Critical Thinking, directed by and starring John Leguizamo, is set in 1998 Miami.  It’s the story of Black teenagers in an underserved Miami community, who eventually win the national chess championship.

Krutel was a producer on the hit TV series “Ballers,” which was co-produced by Steven Levinson and Mark Wahlberg, featuring Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry, whose character is named Joe Krutel – a nod to Mr. Krutel’s deal-making.

Krutel worked with producer / director Brett Ratner on projects including New Line Cinemas’, Money Talks, featuring Chris Tucker and Charlie Sheen; Rush Hour featuring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, and its sequel Rush Hour 2, as well as The Family Man, featuring Nicolas Cage.

Additional credits include Disney’s, The Crew, featuring Jeremy Piven, Richard Dreyfuss, and Burt Reynolds, as well as New Line Cinemas’, Next Friday featuring Ice Cube and Mike Epps.

Krutel is a graduate of Tulane University.

 

The videos below were recorded via Zoom, are organized by topic and run between 30 seconds and 5 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

 

SERENDIPITY: 1:38 min.





What was your first exposure to art of any discipline?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:   0:42 sec.





Did your mother’s Cuban heritage have any impact on you?

 

DEVELOP A VOICE:  1:11 min.





Where did you grow up and where did you go to school?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:   1:22 min.





When did you transition from local productions to music videos?

 

SERENDIPITY:  2:20 min.





Did you understand what producers do before you got into the movie business?

 

UNDERSTANDS THE BUSINESS OF ART:    1:26 min.





What is the spectrum of tasks for a film producer?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  1:04 min.





Who are some of the recording artists you worked with to create music videos?

 

RESILIENCE:   1:17 min.





Which of your producer skills and behaviors do you value most?

 

COLLABORATION:   4:30 min.





How did your latest movie project, “Critical Thinking,” starring and directed by John Leguizamo, get started? And how did it come to you?

 

SERENDIPITY:  0:39 sec.





Did the success of the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight” help attract financing to your Miami-based project?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  1:09 min.





Did any people from Overtown participate in making “Critical Thinking”?

 

UNDERSTANDS ARTISTS’ NEEDS:   0:55 sec.





Why did the state of Florida eliminate incentives for filmmakers?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:   2:56 min.





Describe a challenging situation with a successful outcome?

 

COLLABORATION:   0:45 sec.





Talk about the importance of teambuilding on a movie set.

 

EMPATHY:   1:26 min.





As a visual artist I feel “classless” — meaning that I can feel comfortable with people of any class. Is the same thing true for the “family” you create on movie sets?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:   1:43 min.





What’s on your drawing board?

 

RESILIENCE:   1:13 min.





What advice do you have for those who aspire to make films?