Jim Jarmusch was born in Ohio on January 22, 1953. He began his college experience at Northwestern University before heading to Columbia and then NYU’s prestigious film school. His first feature film, Stranger Than Paradise (1984), set the young filmmaker on the map and created Jarmusch as new voice in cinema. He shortly followed with Down by Law (1986) and Mystery Train (1989), movies that will solidify both Jarmusch’s design and location in the independent film world.
Jim Jarmusch was born in Cuyahoga Fallas, Ohio, near Akron, on January 22, 1953. Following in his mom’s journalistic footsteps, in 1972 Jarmusch registered in the School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1970, although he transferred the subsequent year to Columbia University to concentrate on literature. There he studied under some heavyweights in The Big Apple ‘s group of avant garde poets and started to compose short, abstract works of his own.
In 1976, Jarmusch was admitted to New York University’s graduate film program, where he became a teaching assistant to Nicholas Ray, the director of such movies asJohnny Guitar andRebel with no Cause. It was this experience that led Jarmusch to pursue filmmaking as an art form and profession.
In springtime 1979, Jarmusch used cash from a fellowship grant earmarked for his tuition to shoot his student film, titled Permanent Vacation. The movie was completed in 1980 but did little to build Jarmusch’s standing (and it did less toward impressing his NYU administrators, who refused Jarmusch his degree).
In 1981, Jarmusch began writing the screenplay for The New World, a short film. The job was made possible by Wenders and producer Chris Sievernich, who gave Jarmusch about 40 minutes of raw picture. Jarmusch shot the short over a weekend and were left with a 30-minute movie, which he afterwards developed into his first feature, Stranger Than Paradise. The exposure resulted in critical praise, and Jarmusch was the new unofficial spokesman for the indie film world.
In 1995, Jarmusch set out on a filmmaking course that created significantly different films, starting with that year’sDead Man, a western starring Johnny Depp. The film was Jarmusch’s most successful enterprise in the box office at that time. Flowers, starring Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright and Sharon Stone, became a small box office success, making more than $46 million globally. Never one to drift into familiar terrain, in 2014 Jarmusch began working on a documentary film concerning the group Iggy and the Stooges.