Terry Zwigoff

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Terry Zwigoff
2012-09-27 Portrait Terry Zwigoff with Lilypads (melanieTZ3) UNC 715x861.jpg
Zwigoff in 2012
Born (1949-05-18) May 18, 1949 (age 64)
Appleton, Wisconsin
Alma mater University of Wisconsin-Madison[1]
Occupation Director, producer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Melissa Axelrod[2]

Terry Zwigoff (born May 18, 1949)[citation needed] is an American filmmaker whose work often deals with misfits, antiheroes, and themes of alienation.

Life and career[edit]

Zwigoff was born in Appleton, Wisconsin to a Jewish family of dairy farmers.[3] Raised in Chicago, Zwigoff moved to San Francisco in the 1970s and met R. Crumb, who shared his interest in pre-war American roots music. Zwigoff, who plays cello and mandolin, joined Crumb’s string band R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders with whom he recorded several records.

Zwigoff began his film career making documentary films, starting with 1985's Louie Bluie, a one-hour documentary about the obscure blues and string band musician, Howard Armstrong. Zwigoff had been inspired to locate and interview him after listening to a 30s recording, "State Street Rag", on which Armstrong played the mandolin.

In 1994, he completed Crumb, a critically acclaimed documentary about R. Crumb and his two brothers. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival,[4] the DGA award,[5] the NY Film Critics Circle Award,[6] the LA Film Critics Award,[7] and the National Society of Film Critics Award.[8] Additionally, critic Gene Siskel named Crumb the best film of 1995[9] as did over ten other major film critics.[10] It appeared on over 150 Ten Best Lists of important critics.[11] When Crumb failed to receive an Oscar nomination, there was an outcry from the media which forced the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to revamp their documentary nomination process that previously had been dominated by the distributors of documentary films.[11][12][13]

Zwigoff’s first fiction feature film was the comedy-drama Ghost World, based on the comic book of the same name. For this, Zwigoff and co-writer Daniel Clowes were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay[14] and won the Independent Spirit Award.[15] Ghost World was also nominated for two Golden Globe Awards[16] and two AFI awards.[17] USA Today and The Washington Post called it the best film of the year.[18][19] Ghost World appeared on over 150 Ten Best Lists.[11]

Zwigoff’s next film was the 2003 black comedy Bad Santa whose star, Billy Bob Thornton, was nominated for a Golden Globe award.[20] The film cost $23 million to make and grossed over $76 million worldwide.[21]

His latest feature film was Art School Confidential whose best known stars are John Malkovich, Jim Broadbent, and Anjelica Huston.[22] Art School Confidential was Zwigoff’s second collaboration with writer Daniel Clowes.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ von Busack, Richard. "Art School Interview: Richard von Busack talks to director Terry Zwigoff". Metroactive. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Thomson, David (July 22, 2001). "FILM; A Director Who Likes To Sit Alone In the Dark". The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/30/movies/film-terry-zwigoff-s-santa-he-s-making-list-checking-his-escape-routes-twice.html
  4. ^ Weinraub, Bernard (1995-01-30). "A Sort of Cinderella Prevails at Sundance". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2009-01-12. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Awards / History / 1995". Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Awards - New York Film Critics Circle - NYFCC". Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  7. ^ "Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for 1995". Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  8. ^ "National Society of Film Critics Awards History List". Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  9. ^ Siskel, Gene (1995-12-24). "Best of Shows - Top 10 Movie List of 1995". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  10. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  11. ^ a b c "Biography for Terry Zwigoff". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  12. ^ "Terry Zwigoff Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  13. ^ Murray, Noel (2010-08-10). "Interview: Terry Zwigoff". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  14. ^ "The 74th Academy Awards (2002) Nominees and Winners". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  15. ^ "2011 Twenty-Six Years of Nominees & Winners". Film Independent Spirit Awards. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  16. ^ "The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Award Search for Ghost World". Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  17. ^ "AFI Awards for Motion Pictures 2001". Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  18. ^ Clark, Mike (2001-12-28). "‘Ghost World’ charms, ‘Freddy’ fizzles". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  19. ^ Hunter, Stephen (2001-12-28). "‘Ghost World’ Leads a Very Different List". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  20. ^ "The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004)". The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  21. ^ "Bad Santa (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  22. ^ "Art School Confidential (2006)". The Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 

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