THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE
(Director, Screenwriter, Producer) has
16 films to his credit that include Beloved, The Silence of the Lambs, for
which he won an Academy AwardÂ®, 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 AwardÂ®-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.
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
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