‘Stop Making Sense’ at Rockland Strand, July 19
ROCKLAND — Stop Making Sense, a 1984 concert documentary about the Talking Heads, will be presented as part of a nationwide celebration by art house theaters for filmmaker Jonathan Demme on Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m.
Heralded by many as the greatest performance film of all time, Stop Making Sense was Jonathan Demme's documentary debut, showcasing the Talking Heads just after they achieved mainstream success with the album "Speaking in Tongues" and the single "Burning Down the House."
The new-wave/pop-rock group consisted of David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. The film was made during a three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. What emerges on screen says as much about director Demme's taste and sensitivity as it does about the group and its visionary leader Byrne.
A staunch lover of art house theaters, Demme made it his mission to champion independent films and connect audiences to the best that cinema had to offer. He was also one of the most innovative directors of the time, directing and producing more than 40 films over his 40-year career.
Demme's films were nominated for 19 Academy Awards for Beloved, Rachel Getting Married, Melvin and Howard, Philadelphia, Married to the Mob, The Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Oscar for Best Director—and more. Most recently, he created Protection Not Protest: the People of Standing Rock, a 20-minute short film for Tavis Smiley and PBS.
Information about the art house celebration: celebratedemme.com/.