RONALD KRAUSS (Writer, Producer and Director) is the CEO and founder of Day 28 Films. He recently wrote, produced, and directed GIMME SHELTER (2014), the inspiring true story starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Frasier, and James Earl Jones. Based on Kathy DiFiore’s longstanding Several Sources Shelters, the film tells the compelling tale of a teenage girl’s (Hudgens) fight to find redemption and family.
Krauss also wrote, produced, and directed AMEXICA, a striking story set in the underworld of human trafficking, starring AnnaLynne McCord and Joseph Ferrante. Krauss worked very closely with several anti-human trafficking organizations to create an accurate, honest portrayal and raise awareness in the fight against this global issue. Since its debut in 2010, AMEXICA has played to audiences worldwide as an official selection in more than 20 film festivals, with several “Best of Fest” awards under its belt.
Previously, Krauss wrote and produced the short film SAVING ANGELO (2007), starring Kevin Bacon; the feature ALIEN HUNTER (2003), with James Spader; and RAVE (2000), his first feature film. RAVE received critical acclaim and earned “Best Picture” and “Audience Choice” awards at several major film festivals.
For television, Krauss wrote, produced and directed “CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL” (1999), a series based on the bestselling books. This distinguished drama starred Martin Sheen, Julie Hagerty, Ed Asner, Charles Durning and many other notable actors. It aired for two seasons on the NBC/PAX Television Network.
A design student from New York, Krauss received his first opportunity in Hollywood working in the art department for Roger Corman and his legendary studios in Venice Beach. For two years, Krauss worked his way through each department of the studios to learn every aspect of moviemaking.
Krauss went on to direct countless music video and commercial productions but it was PUPPIES FOR SALE (1998), his first short film, which drew critical and international acclaim. The film, starring Academy Award®-winner Jack Lemmon, won “Best Short Film” at more than 20 film festivals worldwide, including Giffoni Film Festival, Berlin International, Palm Springs, and the Heartland Film Festival to name a few. Puppies also received the honor of being exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.