John Krokidas (born October 1, 1973)[2] is an American film director, screenwriter and producer, best known for his directorial debut film, the 2013 biographical drama Kill Your Darlings.

Early life

Krokidas attended Yale University, where he originally enrolled into acting. Krokidas graduated with a B.A. in theater and American studies, as well as a Distinction in the Major. He later attended New York University, where he studied the Graduate Film program.[1][3]


During his time at New York University, Krokidas began directing short films such as Shame No More (1999) and Slo-Mo (2001). After graduation, he signed a three-year contract with film company Miramax Films, having earlier done script coverage for the studio. In 2013, Krokidas directed, co-wrote and produced his first feature film, Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe.[3]

Personal life

Krokidas has Greek, Italian, and Jewish ancestry.[4][5][6] He resides in New York and is openly gay.[3]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1998 Billy Twist Yes Short film
1999 Shame No More Yes Yes Short film
2001 Slo-Mo Yes Yes Short film
2008 Anatomy of a Socially Awkward Situation Yes Short film
2013 Kill Your Darlings Yes Yes Yes Feature film


Year Television Director Producer Writer Notes
2014 Black Box Yes Episodes: "Who Are You", "Exceptional or Dead"
2016 Wayward Pines Yes Episode: "Once Upon a Time in Wayward Pines"


  1. ^ a b "Kill Your Darlings". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "John Krokidas – Awards & Bio". Gold Derby. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Director John Krokidas is bringing Beat generation to Sundance". The Pappas Post. January 11, 2013. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ Mann, Iris (September 6, 2013). "Little-known stories live large on screen". The Jewish Journal. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "John Krokidas' movie release date announced". The Pappas Post. June 9, 2013. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Fox, Michael (November 22, 2013). "Darlings revisits pivotal year". Jewish Independent. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 

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