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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
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.
following year, his screenplay Begin the Beguine won a Nicholl Fellowship for
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
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
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
Award), Sarasota and Baltimore. Released in 2007 by Outsider Pictures both
internationally and now available on DVD, the film tells the story of the career
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'
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
(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
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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