BEFORE NIGHT FALLS
JON KILIK has become one of New York's most notable film producers, collaborating with a wide range of auteur directors to create a body of work with an emphasis on human values and social issues.
In 1988, Kilik partnered with Spike Lee and went on to co-produce ten of Lee's films, including Lee's tour de force, Do The Right Thing, winner of the Los Angeles Film Critic's Best Picture and Best Director, nominated for two Academy Awards and recently selected for the National Film Archives; Malcolm X, nominated for two Academy Awards, including best actor for Denzel Washington; and Clockers, based on the book by Richard Price, starring Harvey Keitel, pro duced by Lee, Kilik, and Martin Scorsese.
Kilik also produced Robert DeNiro's highly acclaimed directorial debut, A Bronx Tale, based on the play by Chazz
Palminteri, and co-produced Robert Altman's fashion farce Pret-a-Por ter (Ready To Wear) starring Marcello
Mastroianni, Sophia Loren and Kim Basinger. In 1995, he produced Tim Robbins' Academy Award® winner, Dead Man Walking, based on Sister Helen Prejean's account of her work with Louisiana death row inmates, starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. He also produced Julian Schnabel's directorial debut, Basquiat, an inside view of the New York art world in the 1980's, starring Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Bowie as Andy
Next, Kilik teamed with Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh to produce Ross' directorial debut, Pleasantville, a comic look at the alternate worlds of the American family in the 1950's and 1990's featuring Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon. He also produced Tim Robbins' epic drama set in the 1930s, Cradle Will Rock.
In addition to Before Night Falls, Kilik recently produced Ed Harris' directorial debut, Pollock, and he is currently an executive producer on The Last Party 2000, a documentary guide through the American presidential campaign, hosted by Philip Seymour Hoffman and directed by Donovan Leitch.
Kilik is developing a feature adaptation of Peter Matthiessen's book In The
Spirit Of Crazy Horse, the story of imprisoned American Indian activist Leonard
Peltier, with director Chris
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