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JONATHAN DEMME (Director/Producer) has 18 films to his credit, including "The Agronomist,” "The Truth About Charlie,” "Beloved,” "The Silence of the Lambs” (for which he won an Academy Award® for Best Director), "Philadelphia,” "Married to the Mob,” "Something Wild,” "Swimming to Cambodia” and "Melvin and Howard.” Demme was twice named Best Director by the New York Film Critics, for "Melvin and Howard” and for "The Silence of the Lambs.” Additional producing credits include "Devil in a Blue Dress,” "Household Saints,” "That Thing You Do!,” "Ulee's Gold” and "Adaptation.” 

Demme's films have been nominated for 20 Academy Awards . "The Silence of the Lambs” received five Academy Awards 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 1990s went to actors he directed, Anthony Hopkins ("The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991) and Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia,” 1993), with Jodie Foster receiving the Best Actress award ("The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991) as well.

Since 1988, Demme has worked with a versatile team at his company Clinica Estetico, producing or directing a number of documentaries as well as feature film projects. Many of these have focused on Haiti, such as the acclaimed "Haiti Dreams of Democracy,” "Tonbe Leve (Fall Down, Get Up)” and "Courage and Pain.” In 2004, he completed "The Agronomist,” a documentary on the Haitian radio journalist Jean Dominique, who was assassinated in April 2000 on the steps of his radio station. He also produced "Konbit,” an album of Haitian music, and has published four books about the art of Haiti.

He also directed the documentary "Cousin Bobby,” and produced the Academy Award -nominated biography "Mandela,” as well as "Into the Rope!” (about Double Dutch), "The Uttmost” (a portrait of producer Kenny Utt) and "One Foot on a Banana Peel, The Other Foot in the Grave” (about living with AIDS). He also recently produced "Beah: A Black Woman Speaks,” a documentary on the life of Beah Richards, directed by Lisa Gay Hamilton. 

Demme's creative interests have also lured him into the musical domain. He directed the Robyn Hitchcock concert film, "Storefront Hitchcock,” as well as the award-winning Talking Heads concert film, "Stop Making Sense.” He has directed Artists United Against Apartheid's "Sun City,” Neil Young's "The Complex Sessions” and music videos for Bruce Springsteen, Les Frères Parent, The Neville Brothers, KRS-One and the Feelies, among others.


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