Director/Producer JONATHAN DEMME won the Academy Award
for Best Director for "The Silence of the Lambs" in
1991, which received a total of five Oscars®, including Best
Picture. His most recent feature film as director, 1993's "Philadelphia,"
earned Tom Hanks an Oscar® for Best Actor. Demme also directed
the Robyn Hitchcock concert film "Storefront Hitchcock."
An alumnus of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Demme made his
directorial debut with the genre classic "Caged Heat"
(1974). His additional directing credits include "Married
to the Mob" (1988), "Swimming to Cambodia" (1988),
"Something Wild" (1986), "Stop Making Sense"
(1984), which received the National Society of Film Critics Award
for Best Documentary, and "Melvin and Howard" (1980),
for which Demme was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics.
Demme served as producer of "That Thing You Do!" (1996),
"Philadelphia," "Miami Blues" (1990), "Something
Wild," "The Hot Box" (1972; cowritten with Joe
Viola for Roger Corman), and "Angels Hard As They Come"
(1971; also cowritten with Joe Viola for Roger Corman). He executive-produced
the films "Household Saints" (1993), "The Silence
of the Lambs," "Devil in a Blue Dress" (1995),
and "Ulee's Gold" (1997).
Demme is well-known as a documentary filmmaker, having directed
"Cousin Bobby" (1991) and the Grammy Award®-winning
"The Making of Sun City" (1986). He produced "One
Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other in the Grave" (1993) and
"Into the Rope" (1997).
Demme recently produced "Mandela," the Academy Award-nominated
biographical documentary of South African President Nelson Mandela.
For television, Demme has directed Beth Henley's "A Family
Tree," "Accumulation with Talking Plus Water Motor,"
a dance film featuring Trisha Brown, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s
"Who Am I This Time?" as well as music videos for the
Neville Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Suzanne Vega,
KRS-1, Sandra Bernhardt, the Feelies, and UB40, among others.
He also produced "Women & Men II -- A Domestic Dilemma"
for HBO and serves as executive producer on HBO's "Subway
Demme is a founding member of the organization Artists for Democracy
in Haiti and produced the album "Konbit," a collection
of Haitian music, in addition to directing a video for Les Frères
Parent. Demme produced the documentaries "Haiti: Dreams of
Democracy -- Part I" (1987; codirected with Jo Menell) and
most recently "Courage and Pain" (1997; directed by
Patricia Benoit). He also served as producer on "Haiti: Dreams
of Democracy -- Part II -- Tonbé Levé ('Fall Down/Get
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