JD + A (Wannabe) Tennessee Kid

[Also published on The Completist]

Can't write anything cohesive on Jonathan Demme, who died today of complications from esophageal cancer. He meant too much to me, and I'd like to save many of the thoughts I have for a longer-form piece of work. So, some fragments:

• I met Demme a few times in life, most recently on February 4th of this year, at a special Film Society of Lincoln Center screening of his ebullient concert documentary (and now final feature) Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids. I recorded his brief introduction. At the end, he dedicates the screening to Judge James Robart, who put the kibosh on Donald Trump and company's first Muslim travel ban: https://youtu.be/BuS48xA3T98

• I shook…

  • Caged Heat
  • Crazy Mama
  • Fighting Mad
  • Citizen's Band
  • Last Embrace
  • Melvin and Howard
  • Swing Shift
  • Stop Making Sense
  • Something Wild
  • Swimming to Cambodia
  • Married to the Mob
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Cousin Bobby
  • Philadelphia
  • Storefront Hitchcock
  • Beloved
  • The Truth About Charlie
  • The Agronomist
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Neil Young: Heart of Gold
  • Jimmy Carter Man from Plains
  • Rachel Getting Married
  • Neil Young Trunk Show
  • I'm Carolyn Parker
  • Enzo Avitabile Music Life
  • A Master Builder
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids