Tom DiCillo

Director, Director of photography, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/13/1953 in North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Director (14)

Chicago Fire 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: LA 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Lights Out 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

The Good Wife 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 - 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

When You're Strange 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Delirious 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Double Whammy 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Box of Moonlight 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Living in Oblivion 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Scene Six, Take One 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Johnny Suede 1992 (Movie)

(Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (12)

Coffee and Cigarettes 2004 (Movie)

("Strange To Meet You") (Director of Photography)

End of the Night 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Laura Ley 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Beat 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Robinson's Garden 1986 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Coffee and Cigarettes 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Variety 1985 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Stranger Than Paradise 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Burroughs 1982 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Permanent Vacation 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Stranger Than Paradise Part One: The New World 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Underground U.S.A. 1979 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Writer (9)

When You're Strange 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Delirious 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Double Whammy 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Real Blonde 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Box of Moonlight 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Living in Oblivion 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Scene Six, Take One 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Johnny Suede 1992 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Johnny Suede 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (5)

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Independent's Day 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Chain Letters 1984 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Stranger Than Paradise 1984 (Movie)

Airline Agent (Actor)
Music (2)

Delirious 2007 (Movie)

("(Take Your Love And) Shove It") (Song Performer)

Delirious 2007 (Movie)

("(Take Your Love And) Shove It") (Song)

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York 1979
attended the Graduate Film School; recipient of the Paulette Godard Scholarship Award

Old Dominion University

Norfolk , Virginia

Milestones

1995

Second film, "Living in Oblivion"

1991

Feature directing and screenwriting debut, Johnny Suede" (adapted from his play)

1987

Wrote and performed a one man show, "Johnny Suede" at the Home for Contemporary Theater

1986

Last collaboration with Jim Jarmusch, "Coffee and Cigarettes"

1984

Feature debut as an actor, "Stranger Than Paradise" (also served as cinematographer)

1980

First collaboration with director Jim Jarmusch, "Permanent Vacation"

1980

First credit as director of photography, "Underground U.S.A."

Moved frequently as a child due to father's military service

Received a directing fellowship from The Sundance Institute on the strength of his screenplay for "Johnny Suede"

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