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Thursday, February 24, 2005

How About Demme Apples?

My building hosted the largest event it has ever hosted tonight. We showed this documentary entitled The Agronomist. The director came with it, as part of Tallahassee's "7 Days of Opening Nights" festival. The director, if you're wondering, was Jonathan Demme. You may have heard of him. He won an Academy Award for best director for a little film titled The Silence of the Lambs. The event was a huge success and the film was really quite good. It follows the story of Jean Dominique, a profound radio journalist who ran Radio Haiti. He was an amazing man who fought for the rights of the people of Haiti, despite being from the country's elite. The film was well shot (much of it by Demme himself) and stayed fairly objective. Obviously it sides with Dominique, but it's really hard not to when the other side of the conflict is ruthless dictators and shady politicians.

After the film there was a Q&A with lots of great questions asked and answers given. Demme was a really nice guy all around. He talked to anybody who approached him. Later in the night the J. D. Zydeco Band played in the courtyard. I had a blast and did a little bit of dancing myself. Watching Mr. Demme trying to get his young daughter to dance with him was hilarious. He really is a very down-to-earth kinda guy.


  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger Myles said…

    SHIT! How do I find out about this stuff? I graduated with a film degree about 2 years ago up north with a focus in documentary video production. I had no idea Tallahassee had these types of things. Hook me up man!


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