Manny P. here…
“`Jonathan Demme was a filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter, best known for his work on Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. Other films include Melvin and Howard, Swing Shift, Married to the Mob, and the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.
“`Demme began his career in feature movies, collaborating with exploitation cinema producer, Roger Corman. After Swing Shift, Demme stepped back from Hollywood to make the Talking Heads concert movie, Stop Making Sense. He briefly worked in television, directing episodes of Saturday Night Live, Columbo, and American Playhouse.
“`For decades, Demme was known for his dramatic close-ups. This was a style that was acknowledged by his peers, when he earned an Oscar for Silence of the Lambs. Paul Thomas Anderson has paid homage to Jonathan, and he cited him as an influential person in his career. Other directors, such as Wes Anderson and Alexander Payne, have copied his close-up style in their own productions. JONATHAN DEMME —>
“`He was a member of the steering committee of the Friends of the Apollo Theater in Oberlin, Ohio, along with Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. In 2013, he returned to Oberlin, as part of an alumni reunion during the class of 2013 graduation ceremony, and received the award for Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. Demme was also on the board of directors at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY. In addition to his duties, he curated and hosted the monthly series, called Rarely Seen Cinema.
“`Jonathan Demme was 73.
Until next time> “never forget”