Versatile filmmaker Jonathan Demme will receive the Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award from the Austin Film Festival this year, as the screenwriter-centric fest celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Demme, who got his start in film in the early 1970s working as a writer and director for legendary producer Roger Corman, won an Academy Award for direction for his psychological horror “The Silence of the Lambs” and has directed such emotionally powerful films as “Philadelphia” and “Rachel Getting Married.” Coming up for Demme is “Zeitoun,” about post-Katrina New Orleans and based on the book by Dave Eggers.
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