ROD LURIE made his film writing and directing debut with the dramatic short "4 Second Delay," which won the Prix du Jury at the 1998 Festival of American Cinema in Deauville, France. In addition, the film won Best Short Film Awards at the Atlanta Film Festival and the Crested Butte Reel Fest. Lurie followed with his first feature film, "Deterrence," a drama about America on the brink of nuclear war, starring Kevin Pollak and Timothy Hutton. Prior to working behind the camera, Lurie was a film critic and entertainment reporter.
Lurie was educated at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1984. He served for four years as a Combat Arms Officer in the U.S. Army. He broke into journalism as an entertainment reporter for the New York Daily News, and was also a film critic and interviewer for Channel 12 in Fairfield County, Connecticut. In addition, he was a frequent contributor to such magazines as Premiere, Movieline and Entertainment Weekly.
Moving to Los Angeles, Lurie served as a film critic, investigative reporter and contributing editor to Los Angeles Magazine from 1990 to 1995. From 1995 to 1999, he was the film critic for KABC Radio in Los Angeles, where his top-rated movie review show was a favorite of listeners every Saturday. It also featured such on-air guests as Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Billy Bob Thornton, James Woods and Martin Landau.
In addition, Lurie authored the book Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, published by Random House in 1995, which has been optioned for a major motion picture. He is currently working on the film "Clink Inc.," which he will direct from a screenplay he is co-writing. The DreamWorks film will be produced by Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke under their ImageMovers banner.