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Also Known As: Thomas A Dicillo, Thomas Dicillo Died:
Born: August 14, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: North Carolina, USA Profession: director of photography, director, actor, playwright, screenwriter

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New York independent filmmaker Tom DiCillo had the misfortune of a late start in a rapidly changing game. A graduate of the same film school gene pool as Spike Lee and Jim Jarmush, DiCillo's place in American independent film's so-called golden age was fixed first with his acclaimed work as a cinematographer for Jarmush, whose "Stranger than Paradise" (1984) enjoyed a brief reign as the apex of New York indie cinema. DiCillo did not complete his own directorial debut until he was nearly 40 years old; in the four-year interim between "Johnny Suede" (1991) and DiCillo's follow-up, "Living in Oblivion" (1995), the indie scene was transformed irrevocably by the meteoric critical and box office success of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994), warping investor perceptions of reasonable profit margins for DIY filmmakers. Finding it more difficult to secure financing, DiCillo saw his subsequent four features released by four different distributers, among them Paramount Pictures and Lion's Gate, which remaindered his 2001 comedy "Double Whammy" directly to DVD in lieu of a theatrical release. Shoring up his bank account with TV work, DiCillo's association with executive producer Dick Wolf led to a career...

New York independent filmmaker Tom DiCillo had the misfortune of a late start in a rapidly changing game. A graduate of the same film school gene pool as Spike Lee and Jim Jarmush, DiCillo's place in American independent film's so-called golden age was fixed first with his acclaimed work as a cinematographer for Jarmush, whose "Stranger than Paradise" (1984) enjoyed a brief reign as the apex of New York indie cinema. DiCillo did not complete his own directorial debut until he was nearly 40 years old; in the four-year interim between "Johnny Suede" (1991) and DiCillo's follow-up, "Living in Oblivion" (1995), the indie scene was transformed irrevocably by the meteoric critical and box office success of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994), warping investor perceptions of reasonable profit margins for DIY filmmakers. Finding it more difficult to secure financing, DiCillo saw his subsequent four features released by four different distributers, among them Paramount Pictures and Lion's Gate, which remaindered his 2001 comedy "Double Whammy" directly to DVD in lieu of a theatrical release. Shoring up his bank account with TV work, DiCillo's association with executive producer Dick Wolf led to a career vindication with his PBS documentary "The Doors: When You're Strange" (2009), which earned DiCillo a shared Grammy Award and fortified his reputation as a principled filmmaker committed more to maintaining a consistent artistic vision than in reserving a place in the cult of personality.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Delirious (2006)
3.
  Double Whammy (2001) Director
4.
  Real Blonde, The (1997) Director
5.
  Box of Moonlight (1996) Director
6.
  Living In Oblivion (1995) Director
7.
  Scene Six, Take One (1994) Director
8.
  Johnny Suede (1991) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Kingdom Come (2012)
2.
 Independent's Day (1997) Himself
3.
 At Sundance (1995) Himself
4.
 Chain Letters (1985) Bob
5.
 Stranger Than Paradise (1984) Airline Agent
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Moved frequently as a child due to father's military service
1980:
First credit as director of photography, "Underground U.S.A."
1980:
First collaboration with director Jim Jarmusch, "Permanent Vacation"
1984:
Feature debut as an actor, "Stranger Than Paradise" (also served as cinematographer)
1986:
Last collaboration with Jim Jarmusch, "Coffee and Cigarettes"
1987:
Wrote and performed a one man show, "Johnny Suede" at the Home for Contemporary Theater
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Received a directing fellowship from The Sundance Institute on the strength of his screenplay for "Johnny Suede"
1991:
Feature directing and screenwriting debut, Johnny Suede" (adapted from his play)
1995:
Second film, "Living in Oblivion"
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Education

Old Dominion University: Norfolk , Virginia -
New York University: New York , New York - 1979

Bibliography close complete biography

"Notes From Overboard: A Filmmaker's Diary" Faber and Faber

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