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JONATHAN DEMME (Director, Screenwriter, Producer) has 16 films to his credit that include Beloved, The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won an Academy Award®, Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, Something Wild, Swimming to Cambodia and Melvin and Howard, for which he was named Best Director by the New York Film Critics. In addition, he has produced films including Devil in a Blue Dress, Household Saints, That Thing You Do!, Ulee's Gold and the upcoming Adaptation.

Demme's films have been nominated for 20 Academy Awards. The Silence of the Lambs received five Academy Award& in 1991 - for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay Adaptation. His films have won screenplay Oscars twice, Melvin and Howard (Best Original Screenplay, 1980) and The Silence of the Lambs (Best Screenplay Adaptation, 1991), and two of the Best Actor awards of the 1990's went to Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs, 1991) and Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, 1993).

A strong advocate of human rights, Demme has produced and directed a number of documentaries about the Haitian plight, such as the acclaimed Haiti: Dreams of Democracy; Haiti: Killing the Dream; Tonbe Leve (Fall Down, Get Up); and Courage and Pain. In addition, he directed the documentary Cousin Bobby, and produced the Academy Award®-nominated biography Mandela as well as Into the Rope!; The Uttmost; and One Foot on a Banana Peel, the Other Foot in the Grave. He is also producing a documentary on the life of Beah Richards with Lisa Gay Hamilton, who is making her directorial debut with this project. He is currently directing The Agronomist, a documentary on the Haitian radio journalist Jean Dominique, who was assassinated on the steps of his radio station.

Demme's creative talents have also lured him into the music domain. He directed two feature-length music films - the Robyn Hitchcock performance movie Storefront Hitchcock (1998) as well as the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense (1984), which was awarded Best Documentary of 1985 by the National Society of Film Critics. He has directed music videos for The Neville Brothers, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Suzanne Vega, Les Freres Parent, KRS-One, UB4O, Chrissie Hynde, New Order, Fine Young Cannibals, and the Feelies, among others. He also produced "Konbit," an album of Haitian music, for A&M Records.


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