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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

When Pigs Fly / Sara Driver

Two ghosts, Lilly and Ruthie, have been imprisoned for many years in a rickety shed behind a seedy bar, the Rose of Erin. They are supernaturally connected to an old rocking chair stored there in which they both met their untimely deaths. Lilly was the wife of Frank, the foul-tempered owner of the Rose of Erin. Ruthie is the ghost of a little girl from long ago. Sheila, a go-go dancer in the Rose of Erin, acquires the rocking chair. She takes it home and leaves it a present for her landlord, Marty, a jazz musician in his early forties. Marty keeps to himself, he is out of place and out of time in the small community. Marty befriends the ghosts and ultimately, he becomes an instrument of revenge for Lilly in the unfolding plot to get back at her jealous murdering husband, Frank. When Pigs Fly is a dreamy, whimsical, sometimes dark tale about how the tragedy of death can often heighten our appreciation of even the smallest details of daily life.


Director:Sara Driver
Script:Ray Dobbins
Cinematography:Robby Müller
Editing:Jay Rabinowitz
Sound:Drew Kunin, Richard King
Music:Joe Strummer
Art Direction:Florian Langmaack
Costumes:Kathlene Mobley
With:Alfred Molina (Marty), Marianne Faithfull (Lilly), Rachel Bella (Ruthie), Maggie O’Neill (Sheila), Seymour Cassel (Frank), Freddie Brooks (Stretch), Matyelok Gibbs (Mrs. Cleary), Carl Dennie (Tony), Ruth Sheen (Marge), George Lannan (Police)
World Sales:Sara Driver sdriver923@earthlink.net
Production Design:Jocelyn Beaudoin
Producer:Kees Kasander
Production:Allarts/Sultan Driver Films, Inc., USA
Production Country:USA-Germany-The Netherlands
Co-production:Pandora Films & Hamburg Film Fund (Germany)
Format:HD Cam Color
Duration:98'
Production Year:1993
Screening Schedule
FRIDA LIAPPA:Monday, November 07, 2011 - 23:00 | ID:347
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 19:30 | ID:625
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