Cinema Audio Society to Honor Jonathan Demme With Filmmaker Award

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Sound mixer Chris Newman to receive a career achievement award at the 49th CAS Awards on Feb. 16.

Director Jonathan Demme will receive the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award at the 49th CAS Awards, which will be held Feb. 16 at the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Demme, who won the best director Oscar for 1991’s Silence of the Lambs, has directed or produced more than 30 movies, including Rachel Getting Married, Beloved, Swimming to Cambodia, Melvin and Howard andCrazy Mama.  The Untitled Ibsen Project, based on Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn’s adaptation of the Ibsen play The Master Builder, is now in post-production. The film stars Shawn, Gregory, Julie Haggerty and Lisa Joyce and was written for the screen by Shawn with the original stage production created by Gregory. Demme’s portrait documentary Enzo Avitabile Music Life premiered this year at the Venice Film Festival.

In announcing the award, CAS president David E. Fluhr said, “We are thrilled to be honoring Jonathan Demme.  Jonathan’s career spans 40 years as a director, producer and writer, and includes both film and television and illustrates an incredible talent for both narrative films and documentaries.”

The society will also recognize the career of sound mixer Chris Newman as its career achievement honoree. Newman, an Oscar nominee for Lambs, has worked with Demme on Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate, Married to the Mob andNeil Young: Heart of Gold.

"The director looks to the sound mixer to be "his ears" and to preserve the actor's performance. In that special relationship between Jonathan Demme and Chris Newman, there is an extra ingredient in the creative process because they share the same language and understanding,” past CAS president Richard Lightstone said.

The 49th CAS Awards dinner will also honor outstanding achievements in sound mixing in six categories.