Jeffrey Kraynak is a screenwriter in New York City. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he received his degree in Chemistry at John Carroll University, he later moved to Chicago and eventually New York doing medical research for The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and New York University School of Medicine. Writing all the while, Jeffrey has penned ten feature-length screenplays, seven shorts, one e-book, and a collection of poetry illustrated by his brother, Scott. He has completed a Professional Certificate program in screenwriting through New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. His screenplays have had award-winning acceptance into film festivals internationally. He is currently in pre-production on his first feature-length film.
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Adventure ⋄ Family ⋄ Fantasy Base on the book by Chris van Allsburg. After a strange visit from an old man named Harris Burdick, the world of Stanley Smith, a quiet bookstore owner and wannabe author, begins to unravel. When his entire house takes off like a rocket with his step-son inside, Stanley sets off on a fantastic journey to track him down, a voyage which leads him to discover the heart of inspiration within the depths of imagination.
Death of a Good Man Drama ⋄ Independent When simply being a good friend is never enough, Daniel falls into a moral descent, leaving behind a wake of violence to finally prove himself to the woman he loves.
A Past Unwritten Drama ⋄ Fantasy ⋄ Romance A skilled but arrogant psychologist with a scarred history of his own is gifted a ring which he believes will allow him to travel back in time once within in his own lifetime. He struggles with the decision of how best to use it, a dilemma further complicated when he becomes romantically involved with one of his clients.
Dreams of a Girl Thriller A successful artist who paints the recurring nightmares of a scarred childhood not only learns that her visions are being intensified by a malignant tumor in her brain, but also that they contain details involving the investigation of a missing child. Her decision to forgo the surgery that could save her life in order to help save that of the missing girl places everyone involved on a collision course with the past that has haunted her.
F U, Love Comedy With a failing grade knocking on his illegally housed dorm room door, and one final project to save him, “Michael” turns a camera on himself and his two best friends, one engaged and the other sex-crazed, as a study on the various degrees and stages of finding and losing that crazy little thing called love.
Life in Ashes Drama Nestor and Blake couldn’t be more differing brothers, but when Blake dies and names drug addicted and estranged Nestor to be the one to spread his ashes across Europe, Nestor embarks on the journey of two lifetimes, rediscovering the brother he lost and uniting the family he didn’t even know he had.
The Origami Gate Drama An aging child star gets checked into a mental institution, where his reasoning to be released may just be the catch-22 which prevents it.
The Origami Gate
Film (short) Writer, Director, Producer
Change of Season
Film (short) Writer
Film (short) Writer
Official Selection - 2015 Beverly Hills Film Festival (LIFEstock)
Official Selection - 2013 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival (Life in Ashes)
Official Selection - 2013 Sacramento International Film Festival (Life in Ashes)
Official Selection - 2013 Sacramento International Film Festival (Lifestock)
Official Selection - 2013 Oaxaca FilmFest (Dreams of a Girl)
Honorable Mention - 2012 Love Unlimited Film Festival & Art Exhibition (A Past Unwritten)
Corporate Production winning script - 2012 The MIX International Short Film Festival (Strive)
Grand Jury Award Best Screenplay - 2012 The MIX International Short Film Festival (Red Light Green Light)
Official Selection - 2012 Oaxaca FilmFest (Life in Ashes)
Honorable Mention - 2011 Screenwriting Expo (Dreams of a Girl)