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Cooley High

Released 1975
Distributor American International Pictures

Fueled by a dyn-o-mite soundtrack featuring The Supremes, Cooley High begins as a joyride and ends in tragedy, though one that carries a redemptive quality for one of the main characters. Helmed by Michael Schultz, the film blasted open the door to the director’s own cycle of low-budget/big box office films about the African-American experience including Car Wash and Greased Lightening.

About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski and his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander are best known for writing unusual true stories.  Their current release is “Dolemite is My Name” featuring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore. The duo previously created the hit television miniseries “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” for which they won the Golden Globe, Emmy, PGA and WGA Awards. They also won the Golden Globe and WGA Award for the film “The People vs Larry Flynt.” Other movies include the Oscar winning “Ed Wood” (WGA nomination), “Big Eyes” (Independent Spirit nomination), “Auto Focus" and “Man on the Moon.” The team has been inducted into the Final Draft Screenwriting Hall of Fame.  Larry is also a Governor for writers branch, co-chair of the International Feature Film category, and a Vice President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.