Professor of Film and Digital Media, Department of Media and Communication Arts, The City College of New York, screenwriter, film producer, teacher, writer and cartoonist., doctor of film arts. Krakowski studied Directing at the Polish National Film School in Łódź.
Expelled from Poland during anti-Semitic purges in 1968, he continued his studies at the American Film Institute. He has made over sixty films and TV series. Director of the awarded “Looking for Palladin”, “Farewell to My Country”, “Campfire Stories”, “The Politics of Cancer”. Producer of the popular Broadway musical “King David”, the Oscar-nominated “California Reich”, and the winner of two Emmy awards for the series “We Are New York”. Author of screenplays to eighteen feature films and books, including: “Triumph of the Spirit”, “Eminent Domain”, “Managua”, “Tides of War”, “Genghis Khan”, “Pollywood: jak stworzyliśmy Hollywood” [Pollywood: How We Created Hollywood], “Pollywood II: uciekinierzy w raju” [Pollywood. Volume II. Refugees in Paradise] and “The World Through the Eye of a Screenwriter”. In the eighties, he was a cartoonist of the “Business of Film” magazine issued simultaneously in London and Los Angeles. Currently his cartoons appear on the blogs “Foreign Confidential” and “Reunion ‘68”. His latest bi-lingual book of cartoons “Hole in the Whole/Dziura w całym” has been published by Blue Bird Publishers in August 2017.
Aside from his creative and pedagogical work, Krakowski is a successful businessman. He was a co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of two successful television networks: the first dual platform (over-the-air and satellite) in Poland NaszaTV (now Scripps Networks) and the first US Internet TV network (now IA Global) in New York. He has been one of the first IPO investors in Starbuck Coffee, as well as a venture capitalist in neutrino technology, broadcast and bio-mass alternative fuels fields.