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Director
Sara Driver

Filmography
1982 You Are Not I (short)
1986 Sleepwalk
1993 When Pigs Fly
1994 The Bowery – Spring 1994 (segment Postcards from New York)

Biography
Sara Driver was born in Westfield, New Jersey. In 1982 she adapted, produced and directed the film version of Paul Bowles’ short story You Are Not I. It was featured at many international film festivals and museums and was recently screened in the Masterworks section of the49th New York Film Festival. Her first feature film, Sleepwalk (1986), won the prestigious Prix Georges Sadoul, given by the French Cinémathèque, the Special Prize at the 1986 Mannheim Film Festival, and was the opening night film for the 25th Anniversary of the International Critics’ Week at Cannes. It was also featured at the Museum of Modern Art’s 1987 “New Directors New Films” Series. In 1993, she made the award-winning feature film When Pigs Fly, starring Marianne Faithfull and Alfred Molina. It premiered in competition at the Locarno Film Festival and was shown at Toronto, Rotterdam, as well as many other international film festivals. She wrote and directed the short documentary, The Bowery – Spring in 1994, part of Postcards from New York, an anthology program for French TV. Driver’s other film credits include Jim Jarmusch’s Permanent Vacation and Stranger than Paradise, both of which she produced. Her theater work includes directing the plays What the Hell - Zelda Sayre (1977) and Stairway to Heaven (1994), as well as the experimental musical Jazz Passengers in Egypt (1990). She taught directing at New York University’s Graduate Film School from 1996 to 1998, where she received her own Master of Fine Arts degree in 1982.Sara Driveris currently working on an anthology film of metamorphosis tales from around the world entitled Tales from the Hanging Head.

Sara Driver

You Are Not I / Sara Driver

It is the story of a young schizophrenic woman, Ethel, who escapes from a mental hospital during the chaos of a nearby multiple-car accident. A rescue volunteer that finds her trying to place a stone in a dead woman’s mouth mistakes her for a victim and thinks she is in shock. The volunteer drives her to her sister’ house. The sister is confused and angered by her sudden arrival. Not wishing to be alone in the house with her, the sister brings two neighbor women over. Finally the sister calls the hospital and finds out that Ethel “wasn’t released at all, but somehow got out.” They nervously await the attendants from the hospital while Ethel, refusing to speak, formulates a plan to stay in the house.


Director:Sara Driver
Script:Sara Driver, Jim Jarmusch adapted from the story You Are Not I by Paul Bowles
Cinematography:Jim Jarmusch
Editing:Sara Driver
Sound:Stanford Singer, Demetria Royal
Music:Phil Kline
With:Suzanne Fletcher (Ethel), Melody Schneider(sister), Bea Boyle (Mrs. Jenkins), Evelyn Smith (Mrs. Schultz), Luc Sante (man at accident), Anthony Crisafulli (2nd man in car), George Fendrich & Michael Abbruzzio (attendants) Nan Goldin & Georgewinslow (accident victims)
World Sales:Sara Driver sdriver923@earthlink.net
Producer:Jim Jarmusch, Sara Driver
Production Country:USA
Format:HDCam B&W
Duration:48'
Production Year:1981
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 14:30 | ID:542
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Friday, November 11, 2011 - 18:00 | ID:724
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