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RAYMOND DE FELITTA (Director) is an independent filmmaker whose work as a writer and director has been honored around the world, including the festivals in Cannes, Park City (Sundance), Toronto, Deauville, New York (Tribeca), Austin (South by Southwest) and Milan. In 2009 De Felitta wrote and directed the independent film City Island, starring Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies and Alan Arkin, which received the First Place Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. More recently, he directed Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story.

His AFI thesis short Bronx Cheers was nominated for an Academy Award in 1991. The following year, his screenplay Begin the Beguine won a Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting. De Felitta's debut feature Cafe Society premiered at the Cannes Film Festival during the 1996 Directors Fortnight. The film starred Peter Gallagher, Frank Whaley and Lara Flynn Boyle. His second film, Two Family House, won the 2000 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards (including Best Screenplay) and was cited by the National Board of Review as one of the most outstanding films of that year.

Next, The Thing About My Folks, starring Paul Reiser, Peter Falk and Olympia Dukakis, won the Audience Award at the 2005 Santa Barbara Film Festival. De Felitta's documentary 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival to glowing reviews and played at festivals in Milan, Newport Beach, Philadelphia, Kansas City (where it won a Best Documentary Award), Sarasota and Baltimore. Released in 2007 by Outsider Pictures both nationally and internationally and now available on DVD, the film tells the story of the career and mysterious disappearance of the great jazz singer Jackie Paris. The subject is one dear to the filmmaker's heart, as he is a lifelong jazz lover and professional pianist.

De Felitta's music appears on his CD releases "Movies Til Dawn" and "Fatha' Land," the first being original compositions and the latter a solo tribute to jazz pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines.

De Felitta is an active member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and co-chaired (with Steven Soderbergh) the East Coast Independent Directors Committee. He also served as chair of the DGA's East Coast Special Projects committee, whose purpose is to preserve and explore the history of filmmaking through oral histories as well as special screening events.

Film history plays an important role in De Felitta's life. Initially, he aspired to an academic career teaching the history of cinema. He still writes about film on his blog "Movies Til Dawn" (

De Felitta is a graduate of the American Film Institute's directing program.


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