Jack Alan Kromen (Born April 15th, 1945) is an American filmmaker.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Jack Alan Kromen was born on April 15, 1945, the youngest of 4 children to Sinclair Kromen (1912-1945) and Harriet Elizabeth Kromen (nee Montgomery) (1917-1977). When Jack was 8 months old, his father Sinclair contracted encephalitis and died. Having trouble financially supporting themselves as a result, the family left San Francisco in April of 1946 and moved to the town of Roseville outside of Sacramento. Throughout Jack's childhood, the family struggled financially, though the family was able to afford a tv. Such financial difficulties resulted in Jack's mother becoming an alcoholic, which (in some cases) lead to abuse both physically and emotionally. In order to escape the financial realities that plagued the family, Jack would often watch cartoons, which he developed a deep love for, and decided to become an animator and film director. He attended Roseville High School, where he was a member of the school's film production club. He graduated in 1963, attending UC Davis for undergraduate studies, before transferring to CalArts. In 1966, he met a United Artists film producer by the name of Jerry Linden. With his help, the two founded Austrafilm where the two and Frank Salas colabarated in many film projects.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Personally considers his best film to be Topia.
  • Met his future wife Maria Smith in 1969 at a friend's party.
  • Married Maria in 1972, and has 4 children with her.
  • Became a grandfather in 2005.
  • Is of English, Scottish, and German ancestry.
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