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Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch Overview

Jim Jarmusch has been active in the film industry since 1979. He is a director, filmmaker, musician, screenwriter-editor and is most known for his signature way of making independent films. His notable works include 2019 The Dead Don’t Die, 2016 Paterson, 2013 Only Lovers Left Alive, 2005 Broken Flowers, and 2003 Coffee and Cigarettes.

The poignant depiction by Tom Waits of this acclaimed Indie filmmaker which was mentioned in the NY Times, defined Jarmusch akin to an alien; whose upbringing made him a foreigner to his adolescent years. The closest to this idea is much like an old soul within a very young man. Waits added that Jim Jarmusch’s films paint the world from that frame of mind.

His films in other words, were not made for commercial purposes. His aspiration is primarily for artistic value and thus not the usual fare. Albeit, he did attain box office success in many of his movies and with his own corresponding fans.

A scene from Jim Jarmusch's short film: Coffee and Cigarettes

How old is Jim Jarmusch?

James Robert Jarmusch was born on January 22, 1953, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States. He is 70 years old.

Where was Jim Jarmusch educated?

While in his school-age years, he was enamored with cinema plus his appetite for literature and art. He started out at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism but was cut short as he opted to study Literature instead at Columbia University where he completed his degree in Bachelor of Arts. But it was in Paris for a short summer exposure where he developed further his screenwriting skills with the corresponding vision for a future cinematic translation of his writings. He eventually decided to pursue graduate studies at New York University for formal schooling in Filmmaking.

Who is Jim Jarmusch’s partner?

His long-time partner is Sara Driver, also a film producer and director and actor and his frequent collaborator.

Who are Jim Jarmusch's parents?

Not much is known about his parents, however we do know that Jim's mother was of Irish and German descent and his father was a business man of German and Czech descent, and they were both heavily involved in cinema.

Jozef Van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch "Etimasia"

What are some of the awards which Jarmusch received?

As Grand Prix winner in the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for his work Broken Flowers, JR Jarmusch had gained popularity even in Japan and in Europe. His first award-winning 1984 film was Stranger than Paradise. One of his latest Cannes Film Festival entries was his 2012 work, Only Lovers Left Alive.

Jarmusch’s recognition in the art circle paid off with another note-worthy award. As an Indie Filmmaker, what is more fitting than being awarded Filmmaker on the Edge Award, which he received in 2004 during the Provincetown International Film Festival.
It is important to note that despite the reception of his films outside the USA, he forbids translation or dubbing of these in foreign languages.

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