Brando Crawford is heralded as a “Visionary” in a front page, full page cover profile Chicago Tribune's May 8th, 2020 Arts and Entertainment section. He also has features in BBC World News, Variety, TimeOut New York, among other publications for his work as a Producer, Director, Actor, Show-runner and industry innovator.
Crawford is best known as the Director, Producer and Creator of Acting for a Cause, a hit series of curated play and screenplay table-reads with the best actors of young Hollywood, including Oscar Nominee Florence Pugh (Greta Gerwig’s Little Women), Emmy Nominee Margaret Qualley (Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Emmy Nominee Zazie Beatz, Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black), Justice Smith (Jurassic World), Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things), Jacob Elordi (HBO’s Euphoria), Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why), Auli'i Cravalho (Disney’s Moana), Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), having negotiated licenses with participating writers including Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan (This is Our Youth), John Hughes as represented by the John Hughes Estate (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and Oscar Nominees Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), all while raising money and awareness for charities including EIFoundation, Mount Sinai Hospital Chicago, Know Your Rights Camp and International Foundation for Education and Innovation. In 2020, Crawford launched Acting for a Cause Media, a production company to continue collaborating with his peers in Young Hollywood creating “art for the sake of art and impact”.
Brando Crawford’s roots are in Chicago’s avant garde theatre scene, having performed at the National Premiere of “Martyr” by Marius Von Mayenberg (“Brando Crawford is an excellent actor”- Jacob Davis, Chicago Critic, "Crawford’s performance embodies real danger. His physicality is not only impressive, it is also terrifying. As an actor he is truly unpredictable."- Kevin Greene, Chicago Stage Standard”. He has also performed with Second City, Broadway in Chicago, TUTA, Emerald City Theatre.
More recently, Crawford has served as an Executive Producer on a variety of projects including "Who am I?”, an upcoming production (starring Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn, Hari Nef, Odessa D’Azion, Gideon Adlon, Otmara Marrero, and more), and Finn Wolfhard’s directorial debut “Night Shifts” (Fantasia Film Festival Winner) as well as music videos for some of America’s top performers totaling over 100 million streams. He is independently financing Riz Ahmed’s “Hamlet”, and is both directing and producing Amanda Gorman’s upcoming official video debut “The Hill we Climb”.
Crawford has financed over 10 million for ventures to date. (March 2021, includes all investment types).Crawford is not only known for his creative activism, he owns a Real Estate portfolio that stretches across North and South America, and is known for purchase, restoration, adaptive reuse and ownership of the former Hales Mansion, now known as the International Mansion: the largest privately owned mansion in Oak Park, IL, one block from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio and the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. Brando Crawford also serves as Executive Director of The Language and Music School an educational establishment offering private lessons in world languages, music and academic tutoring and a "homeschool in school" Preschool, and Kindergarten- 8th Grade program. The school was originally founded by his mother in 1994- together they run both aspects of the school. The Language and Music School and its assets are currently being sold to International Foundation for Education and Innovation.
Brando identifies as Argentine-American and is of sephardic jewish descent. He is a descendant of Nobel Prize Physicist, Enrico Fermi, and his family is recognized at the King David Legacy Center in Jerusalem for paternal Davidic Descent from both grandfathers. Brando is honored to have served as Davidic Dynasty’s international spokesperson and representative. He has also served on the board of Visit Oak Park, Oak Park Residents Forum, Hemingway District, and International Foundation for Education and Innovation.
Crawford is represented by Wolf Kasteler PR, Framework Entertainment, DDO Agency, and Ken Elkins Esq. (March 2021).
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