Jonathan Nossiter

Director, Screenwriter, Assistant director
Renaissance man Jonathan Nossiter's film "Sunday" wowed them at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, winning him the Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, which he shared with James Lasdun. This son of ... Read more »
Born: 11/11/1961 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Director (6)

Natural Resistance 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Rio Sex Comedy 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

MondoVino 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Signs & Wonders 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Sunday 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Resident Alien 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

Natural Resistance 2015 (Movie)

(Writer)

Rio Sex Comedy 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

MondoVino 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Signs & Wonders 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sunday 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

Natural Resistance 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rio Sex Comedy 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

MondoVino 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sunday 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Resident Alien 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)
Editor (4)

Natural Resistance 2015 (Movie)

(Editor)

Rio Sex Comedy 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

MondoVino 2005 (Movie)

(Editor)

Resident Alien 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Natural Resistance 2015 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

MondoVino 2005 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Music (1)

Sunday 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Biography

Renaissance man Jonathan Nossiter's film "Sunday" wowed them at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, winning him the Grand Jury Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, which he shared with James Lasdun. This son of NEW YORK TIMES reporter Bernard Nossiter came by his proficiency in five languages honestly, growing up in England, France, Italy and India, among other places. He studied painting at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris but caught the film bug at Dartmouth where he eventually graduated. In order to learn how to direct actors, he worked in the theater as an assistant director in both NYC and London before becoming Adrian Lyne's assistant and right-hand man on "Fatal Attraction" (1987). Along the way, Nossiter also developed a love of wines that rivals his love of movies and has worked as a sommelier in some very fashionable NYC restaurants.

Relationships

Bernard Nossiter

Father
worked at The Washington Post and The New York Times deceased

EDUCATION

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco , California
attended at age 17

Ecole des Beaux Arts

Paris

Dartmouth College

Hanover , New Hampshire
graduated; was Phi Beta Kappa

Milestones

2000

Second feature "Signs & Wonders" screened in competition at Berlin Film Festival

1997

First feature film released, "Sunday"; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

1990

Produced, directed and edited "Resident Alien", a documentary about Quentin Crisp

1986

Served as Adrian Lyne's assistant during the filming of "Fatal Attraction" (released 1987)

1977

Began working in restaurants in Paris at age 15 (date approximate)

After graduation, worked in theater as an assistant director in NYC and London

Met co-scenarist James Lasdun at a party; Lasdun had written a short story Nossiter wanted to film

Converted his "Prometheus" sreenplay into a stage play and directed it at the off-Broadway Morse Theatre

While attending Dartmouth became interested in filmmaking

Raised in England, France, Italy and India, among other places

Bonus Trivia

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Nossiter speaks five languages.

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"Maybe it's my anarchic spirit, but I advocate taking pleasure in whatever happens." --Jonathan Nossiter in New York Post, August 21, 1997.

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"I literally fell off my seat. I thought it was a joke. Honestly, it took about four months before I stopped checking my mailbox here to see if they'd sent a letter saying they'd made a mistake." --Nossiter on his success at the Sundance Festival to Los Angeles Times, August 17, 1997.

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"He has no mask. In other words, whatever he's feeling, it shows instantly all over his face, which is really refreshing. It's invaluable for you because you know that you're not being BS'd. One is so used to in Hollywood never knowing what the hell people really mean. And Jonathan goes into contortions over stuff because he really cares. He kind of went to war with me and agonized as I did over everything, whether it was casting or the script or whatever. We were very close on it." --Director Adrian Lyne on Nossiter as his assistant for "Fatal Attraction" in Los Angeles Times, August 17, 1997.

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