Robert Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944) is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter.
Demme was born in Baldwin, New York, the son of Dorothy Demme and a public relations executive father. Demme has three children: Ramona, Brooklyn, Josephine. He is a graduate of the University of Florida. He also was the uncle of director Ted Demme, who died in 2002.
Demme broke into feature film working for exploitation film producer Roger Corman from 1971 to 1976, co-writing and producing Angels Hard as They Come and The Hot Box, then directing three films (Caged Heat, Crazy Mama, Fighting Mad) for Corman’s studio New World Pictures. After Fighting Mad, Demme moved on to direct the comedy film Handle with Care for Paramount Pictures in 1977. The film was well-received by critics, but received little promotion, and performed poorly at the box office.
Demme’s 1980 film Melvin and Howard did not have a wide release, but received widespread critical acclaim, and led… read more
I really need to revisit this. I bought and watched it when it came out (2006), but it just left me cold and wanting. But I am double, if not triple the Neil Young fan now I was then, so perhaps being more familiar with his many different styles/moods/incarnations, I would appreciate this film more today. Now I just need to go digging at the bottom of my box of old DVDs........... ;)
Often moving and poignant concert film showcasing Young's debut of the "Prairie Wind" project at the Ryman Theatre in Nashville in 2005. The first half the new record the second in some acoustic greatest hits. One feels the relationships on stage, the history and is often given little hints about what inspired the songs. Demme has had a long history with Young at this point and has since made another concert film.