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The Documentaries of Demme (+1): A Tribute

On April 26 of this year, we lost one of America’s most underrated filmmakers: Jonathan Demme. Decorated with accolades throughout his career for mainstream successes including Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, he nevertheless didn’t quite get his due as an artist with a singular sensibility and unmistakable humanism.

Demme’s infectious spirit runs through nearly all his work, whether it’s in early B-movies produced by Roger Corman, inventive concert films, cult favourites, Hollywood hits or considerable contributions to documentary. We invite you to join us at Hot Docs for a special tribute to the documentaries (and one bonus fiction title!) of Jonathan Demme.

Runs June 30–July 19.


STOP MAKING SENSE

The Talking Heads deliver a full blast, high-energy performance in the greatest concert doc of all time. Screening alongside cinemas across the U.S. and Canada on July 19 in a salute to Jonathan Demme.

This screening will be introduced by Chandler Levack, a Juno-nominated music video director, journalist and digital editor and staff writer for TIFF.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 8:45 PM – BUY TICKETS


Past Screenings

THE AGRONOMIST
Something of a modern-day folk hero, Jean Dominique founded Haiti’s first independent radio station and spoke truth to power, inspiring his fellow people for decades.

COUSIN BOBBY
Jonathan Demme delivers one of his most personal films with this portrait of his cousin, a controversial minister in Harlem working with the civil rights movement.

JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS
Jimmy Carter criss-crosses the country advocating for peace in this endearing portrait filmed during the book tour for his controversial book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.

NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD
Join us on Canada Day for one of Neil Young’s most memorable performances caught on film culled from two emotionally charged concerts at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

SOMETHING WILD
There simply might not be another movie like Something Wild, Jonathan Demme’s infectious and energetic screwball odyssey that became a cult hit.

STOREFRONT HITCHCOCK
British pop singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is at the top of his game in this inventive collaboration with Demme, featuring an always shifting storefront background.

SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA
Master monologist Spalding Gray delivers one of his most entertaining pieces with this humorous series of musings on his experience working on a Hollywood movie shot in Thailand.