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      Tom DiCillo

      Tom DiCillo

      Highest Rated: 96% Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

      Lowest Rated: 27% Johnny Suede (1991)

      Birthday: Aug 14, 1953

      Birthplace: Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, USA

      New York independent filmmaker Tom DiCillo had the misfortune of a late start in a rapidly changing game. A graduate of the same film school gene pool as Spike Lee and Jim Jarmush, DiCillo's place in American independent film's so-called golden age was fixed first with his acclaimed work as a cinematographer for Jarmush, whose "Stranger than Paradise" (1984) enjoyed a brief reign as the apex of New York indie cinema. DiCillo did not complete his own directorial debut until he was nearly 40 years old; in the four-year interim between "Johnny Suede" (1991) and DiCillo's follow-up, "Living in Oblivion" (1995), the indie scene was transformed irrevocably by the meteoric critical and box office success of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994), warping investor perceptions of reasonable profit margins for DIY filmmakers. Finding it more difficult to secure financing, DiCillo saw his subsequent four features released by four different distributers, among them Paramount Pictures and Lion's Gate, which remaindered his 2001 comedy "Double Whammy" directly to DVD in lieu of a theatrical release. Shoring up his bank account with TV work, DiCillo's association with executive producer Dick Wolf led to a career vindication with his PBS documentary "The Doors: When You're Strange" (2009), which earned DiCillo a shared Grammy Award and fortified his reputation as a principled filmmaker committed more to maintaining a consistent artistic vision than in reserving a place in the cult of personality.

      Highest rated movies

      Stranger Than Paradise poster
      Stranger Than Paradise
      Uncle Howard poster Uncle Howard

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      92% 62% Uncle Howard Unknown (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Down in Shadowland Director,
      Writer,
      Producer,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      - 2014
      60% 82% The Doors: When You're Strange Director,
      Screenwriter
      $238.6K 2009
      83% 57% Delirious Director,
      Screenwriter
      $86.0K 2006
      64% 75% Coffee and Cigarettes Cinematographer $2.0M 2003
      30% 30% Double Whammy Director,
      Writer
      - 2001
      No Score Yet 25% Independent's Day Unknown (Character) - 1998
      34% 37% The Real Blonde Director,
      Writer
      $355.5K 1997
      61% 81% Box of Moonlight Director,
      Writer
      $795.1K 1996
      86% 87% Living in Oblivion Director,
      Screenwriter
      $48.0K 1995
      27% 47% Johnny Suede Director,
      Screenwriter
      $8.5K 1991
      No Score Yet 50% Robinson's Garden Cinematographer - 1987
      96% 88% Stranger Than Paradise Airline Agent (Character),
      Cinematographer
      - 1984
      No Score Yet 55% Permanent Vacation Cinematographer - 1982

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 86% Chicago Fire Director 2012-2015
      78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Director 2011 2013
      93% 90% The Good Wife Director 2011
      No Score Yet 84% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Director 2006-2008
      91% 90% Monk Director 2003