Kelly Fremon Craig

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Kelly Fremon Craig
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Born 1981 (age 36–37)
Whittier, California
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater University of California, Irvine
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2000s–present
Notable work
Children 1

Kelly Fremon Craig is an American screenwriter, producer, and film director. She is known for directing, writing, and co-producing the 2016 coming-of-age comedy-drama The Edge of Seventeen.


Fremon Craig was born in Whittier, California and graduated from UC Irvine with an English degree. Fremon Craig started out writing sketch comedy and spoken word poetry in college, then landed an internship in the film division of Immortal Entertainment, where she read her first film script and began to pursue screenwriting. Fremon Craig now resides in Los Angeles with her husband and young son.[1]


Craig has cited writer-director John Hughes as an influence on writing The Edge of Seventeen,[2][3] and has mentioned Christopher Guest, Alexander Payne, Nick Hornby, and David Sedaris as inspirations.[4]


Title Year Role
Streak 2008 Writer
Post Grad 2009
The Edge of Seventeen[5][6][7] 2016 Director, writer, co-producer
Wild Game[8] TBA Director, writer
Untitled The Edge of Seventeen Series[9] Pilot; executive producer
Intimate Strangers Writer


List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Film(s) Result Notes
2016 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Comedy The Edge of Seventeen Nominated [10]


New York Film Critics Circle Best First Film Won[a] [12]
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Filmmaker Nominated [13]
Toronto Film Critics Association Best First Feature Runner-up [14]
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Film Nominated [15]
Best Breakthrough Won
Austin Film Critics Association Best First Film Nominated [16][17]
Indiewire Critics' Poll Best First Feature 3rd place
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Breakout Filmmaker of the Year Nominated
2017 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards OFCC Award for Best First Film 2nd place [18]
Directors Guild of America Awards First-Time Feature Film Nominated [19]
Golden Tomato Awards Best Comedy Movie 2016 5th place
Online Film & Television Association Best Feature Debut Nominated
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Movie Nominated [20]


  1. ^ Tied with Trey Edward Shults for Krisha.


  1. ^ "The Edge Of Seventeen, a coming-of-age comedy with a refreshingly authentic voice". Writing Studio. 
  2. ^ "Hailee Steinfeld Talks Making Coming-of-Age Film 'Edge of Seventeen' at TIFF". Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Review: The Edge of Seventeen is a Modern Day Tribute to John Hughes". We Live Entertainment. 2016-09-25. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  4. ^ "10 Screenwriters to Watch". Variety. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ Zacharias, Ramona (November 18, 2016). "James L. Brooks and Kelly Fremon Craig on The Edge of Seventeen". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ A. Lincoln, Ross (October 6, 2015). "Blake Jenner Joins Hailee Steinfeld In STX Coming-Of-Age Drama". Deadline. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (March 30, 2011). "James L. Brooks' Gracie Films Buys 'Besties' Spec". Deadline. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ Borys Kit (January 25, 2018). "'Edge of Seventeen' Filmmaker, Chernin Entertainment Team for 'Wild Game'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  9. ^ "'Edge of Seventeen' TV Spinoff Set at YouTube (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-05-09. 
  10. ^ "La La Land Leads with 12 Nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards". Critics' Choice. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Golden Globes 2017 Film Surprises and Snubs: 'Deadpool,' Aaron Taylor-Johnson and 7 More Sudden Twists". Indiewire. 13 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2016". New York Film Critics Circle. Retrieved December 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ "The 2016 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Nominees". Chicago Film Critics Association. December 11, 2016. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ Vlessing, Etan (December 12, 2016). "'Moonlight' Named Best Film by Toronto Film Critics". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  15. ^ Graham, Adam (December 14, 2016). "Local critics: 'Moonlight', 'Manchester' best of 2016". The Detroit News. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  16. ^ Anderson, Erik (December 15, 2016). "Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) Nominations: The Handmaiden Lands Top Mentions, Trevante Rhodes Double Nominated". Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  17. ^ Miller, Neil (December 15, 2016). "2016 Austin Film Critics Awards Nominees, 'Moonlight' and 'Arrival' lead the way in AFCA's 2016 nominations". Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards". Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  19. ^ Hipes, Patrick. "DGA TV Awards Nominations: 'Stranger Things', 'Westworld' & 'Atlanta' On List; Docus Include 'OJ: Made In America'". Deadline. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (March 2, 2017). "2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations List — 'This Is Us,' 'Stranger Things'". TVLine. Archived from the original on 2017-04-07. Retrieved April 6, 2017. 

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