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Craig Stuart Garfinkle
Director, Producer

March, 2010

Craig Stuart Garfinkle, ComposerPresently, Craig is exhaling after completing his first project as a director entitled, "30 Premeditated Acts," a feature length documentary chronicling Dane Cook's creative journey which brought him to his "ISolated INcident" TV Special and CD.

The TV special debuted on Comedy Central on May 17th, and the documentary was released May 19th along with Dane's "ISolated INcident" CD.  The CD/DVD combo debuted at 4 on the pop charts!

You can check out the project here:

Isolated Incident Promo

"I am so glad that Dane entrusted me with such a special film." Craig says. "I got to be a fly on the wall while Dane spent night after night at the Laugh Factory working through this new, very personal material - mining his own tragedies for comedic value."

"And although I have composed music for dozens of documentaries, as both director and producer of this tender, dark and funny film, I earned a renewed respect for all the film makers with whom I have collaborated over the years. Directing is one tough gig!"

But the highlight of the project was being asked to write, compose, edit, and produce a short film as Dane's "warm up act," to be shown to his audience before taking the stage on his "ISolated INcident, Global Thermo Comedy Tour." "What a thrill it was for me to be sitting in Madison Square Garden, watching this movie being presented to 20,000 screaming fans."

The film ends with a two minute Sufi Montage, which you can see by clicking the link below.

His other recent Dane Cook projects include, "Rough Around the Edges, Live from Madison Square Gardens," for which he produced both the CD and the live concert DVD, the songs, "Forward," and "I'll Never Be You," on which Craig produced and played guitars, and the double platinum selling comedy CD,  "Retaliation," which Craig edited and mixed.

"When we were working together on "Retaliation," we had no idea what was to follow. It was just a great hang: Dane, his managers Brian and Barry, and myself, locked up in a room, trying to put together a CD that made us laugh. Looking at where we've come since then I can only say I was blessed to be a part of such a great team!"

"Retaliation"  also debuted at 4 on the pop charts, which was the first time a comedy album debuted in the top-ten since Steve Martin's, "Wild and Crazy Guy" in 1979

Craig lives in Malibu, California, with his wife, fellow composer and conductor Eímear Noone, and his daughter Madison.

Represented by Austin Godsey, Artists Management, 818-506-8344