Jim Jarmusch

  • Birth Name: James R. Jarmusch
  • Birth Place: Cuyahoga Fallas, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Director, Actor, Writer, Editor, Producer, Composer, Cinematographer
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  • His mother was once a film critic for the Akron Beacon Journal.
  • Played keyboards and sang in a No Wave band called the Del-Byzanteens.
  • While doing graduate work at New York University, worked as an assistant to filmmaker Nicholas Ray.
  • Submitted his first film, Permanent Vacation, as his thesis film at NYU. They refused to grant him a degree.
  • Frequently uses musicians as actors in his films.
  • The use of a stationary camera, or "deadpan," is a trademark in his films.
  • Owns the negatives for all of his films except Year of the Horse, a concert film he made for Neil Young.
  • Refuses to let his films be dubbed for foreign markets; he only allows subtitles.
  • Founded a society called "Sons of Lee Marvin" with Tom Waits, John Lurie, Thurston Moore and Nick Cave. Members had to resemble Marvin enough to be rumored to be his sons.

Awards

  • 1984, Cannes Film Festival — Caméra d'Or: Winner
  • 1985, Sundance Film Festival — Special Jury Prize: Dramatic: Winner
  • 1990, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2017, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 1989, Cannes Film Festival — Best Artistic Contribution: Winner
  • 2018, Bodil Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2001, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 2005, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner
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  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1990, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1993, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or - Short Film: Winner
  • 2015, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sara Driver — Significant Other
  • Tom Jarmusch — Brother
  • Ann Jarmusch — Sister
  • Betty French Jarmusch — Mother

College

  • Attended Northwestern University, Merrill School of Journalism, Chicago, Illinois, United States; Columbia University, New York, New York, United States (BA in English, 1975); attended New York University, New York, New York, United States

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  • Birth Name: James R. Jarmusch
  • Birth Place: Cuyahoga Fallas, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Director, Actor, Writer, Editor, Producer, Composer, Cinematographer