Through his association with two brothers who packaged and distributed
videocassettes out of Chicago, director JOHN McNAUGHTON
obtained $100,000 to write, produce and direct his first feature,
HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Although virtually unseen
by moviegoers for three years, the picture finally surfaced at
the 1989 Telluride Film Festival, garnered wide critical acclaim
and ultimately attracted a cult following on the midnight screening
circuit throughout the country.
HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER was cited as one of the year's
ten best films by Time, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and The
New York Post. The film captured Best Picture and Best Director
awards at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain and six Independent
Spirit Award nominations.
Subsequently, McNaughton directed THE BORROWER, a science fiction
comedy about alien banished to earth who must borrow human heads
to stay alive. Selected for special presentation at the Boston
and Toronto film festivals, the film starred Rae Dawn Chong.
Writer/actor Eric Bogosian chose McNaughton to guide his acclaimed
one-man performance show "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll"
to the screen in 1991. Shot over five days and eight live performances
at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, the film opened to critical praise.
MAD DOG AND GLORY, starring Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, Uma Thurman
and David Caruso and produced by Martin Scorsese, was McNaughton's
first directorial effort for a major studio. He subsequently directed
"Girls in Prison," an installment of Showtime's "Drive-in
Classics Cinema" series that starred Anne Heche and Ione
Skye and was written by Samuel Fuller.
McNaughton most recently directed four episodes of NBC-TV's acclaimed
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