Blog Jacob Burns Film Center Spearheads Nationwide “Celebration of Jonathan Demme”

Posted June 6, 2017

Jacob Burns Film Center Spearheads Nationwide “Celebration of Jonathan Demme”

Art House Theaters Across the Country to Screen Demme’s Stop Making Sense on July 19

Pleasantville, NY – June 6, 2017 – Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) announced today that it is organizing a nationwide screening of Jonathan Demme’s 1984 seminal concert documentary, Stop Making Sense, on July 19. The program will provide independent theaters and audiences the opportunity to celebrate the life and work of the Academy Award-winning filmmaker who passed away in April at the age of 73.

Heralded by many as the greatest performance film of all time, Stop Making Sense was Demme’s documentary debut, showcasing the Talking Heads just after they achieved mainstream success with the album Speaking in Tongues and the single “Burning Down the House.”

“Truly inspired by the Art House Convergence’s 1984 screening earlier this year, I reached out to the art house community to put this screening together,” said JBFC Senior Programmer Andrew Jupin. “The art house community, which Jonathan adored so much, will band together to shine their projector lamps in unison and celebrate the man whose work touched us all so deeply. I firmly believe there’s no better film for the job than Stop Making Sense—the greatest performance film ever made, a fantastic musical document, and 88 brilliant, beautiful minutes of the kind of pure cinematic joy that only Jonathan Demme could deliver.”

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