Whit Stillman

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Whit Stillman wowed the American cinematic community as an indie auteur wunderkind in the early 1990s, known for his penchant for witty, semi-autobiographical examinations of America's privileged strata in a ... Read more »
Born: 01/25/1952 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Director (6)

Love & Friendship 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Damsels In Distress 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Barcelona 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Metropolitan 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Love & Friendship 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Damsels In Distress 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Barcelona 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Metropolitan 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (4)

Love & Friendship 2016 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Damsels In Distress 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Metropolitan 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (3)

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

La Linea del Cielo 1984 (Movie)

Thornton (Actor)

Biography

Whit Stillman wowed the American cinematic community as an indie auteur wunderkind in the early 1990s, known for his penchant for witty, semi-autobiographical examinations of America's privileged strata in a trilogy of films that would earn him the much-bandied sobriquet "the WASP Woody Allen. " A product of New York society, Stillman spent his early youth in publishing and abroad before taking over an agency for illustrators, working on the side on a script for and financing "Metropolitan" (1990). The slice of debutante haute couture earned him indie darling status and real financing for his follow-up films, "Barcelona" (1994) and "The Last Days of Disco" (1998), each an ensemble piece reflecting different periods of his youth in comic kaleidoscope of social byplay. He moved to Europe at the end of the 1990s and spent the ensuing decade attempting to produce films. Little came of it, however, until his return to the United States and to his low-budget, no-star roots, bringing his comedy-of-manners oeuvre to a college campus with "Damsels in Distress" (2011). In spite of his short CV, Stillman would make himself much beloved in indie circles, creator of what The New York Times summarized as "odd, tender, uncategorizable films that must utterly confound the market researchers whose opinions shape Hollywood. Good."

Relationships

Father
involved in Democratic politics and law worked in the Truman and Kennedy administrations (Whit Stillman was born during the last year of the Truman administration) divorced from Stillman's mother c. 1965

Great-Great-Grandfather
helped explore the Rio Grande

Irene Stillman

Wife
married in 1980 from Barcelona, Spain

Ann Stillman

Daughter
born c. 1986 mother, Irene Stillman

Isabel Stillman

Daughter
born c. 1991 mother, Irene Stillman

James Stillman

Great-Grandfather
helped start Citibank knew J P Morgan personally

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1973
edited the HARVARD CRIMSON

Milbrook School

Millbrook , New York

Milestones

2012

After a long hiatus, returned to features as writer, director, and producer of comedy "Damsels in Distress"

2010

Played a party goer in "The Imperialists Are Still Alive!"

1998

Made third film, "The Last Days of Disco"

1998

Signed contract with Farrar, Straus & Giroux to write novel based on "The Last Days of Disco"

1994

Feature producing debut, "Barcelona"; also wrote and directed

1992

Started his own Spanish production company (date approx.)

1991

While in L.A., approached by Castle Rock president Martin Shafer and president of production Liz Glotzer; they expressed interest in funding "Barcelona" while giving Stillman complete creative control (date approx.)

1989

First feature film as director and writer, "Metropolitan" (made on a budget of approximately $250,000); received Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay

1983

Began appearing as "the quirky American" in Spanish films: "Sal Gorda/Fat Salt" and Fernando Colomo's "La linea del Cielo/Skyline"

1980

Entered film industry representing Spanish films for foreign sales

1980

Returned to Spain to marry

1979

Left for Spain to woo his future wife, a Barcelona native

1972

Made film acting debut as an extra in "Hammersmith is Out", a Spanish production filmed in Mexico starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

1972

Left Harvard during his sophomore year to visit Mexican relatives; learned Spanish; published his first article, about political violence in Mexico, in The Village Voice (date approx.)

Took over family business, an agency representing cartoonists and illustrators (including French artists Sempe and Pierre Le-Tan)

After graduating from Harvard, aspired to work in TV and film production but landed in the training program at Doubleday

Grew up in Manhattan and Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY except during Democratic administrations (when he lived in Washington, DC)

Worked as editor and freelance journalist in book and magazine publishing; became acting editor at Doubleday and executive editor of a daily world news summary while writing fiction and journalism for such publications as Harper's, The Wall Stre

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