Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch is best known as one of America's most celebrated independent filmmakers, but he's also a musician who has used music and other musicians as key components in his films. Jarmusch was born in Akron, Ohio on January 22, 1952, where his father worked for a tire company and his mother reviewed movies for the local newspaper. Jarmusch grew up with a keen interest in music, film, and literature, and after graduating from high school in 1971, he briefly studied journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago before transferring to Columbia University in New York City. Jarmusch's emphasis at Columbia was in poetry, but during a semester abroad in Paris, he became an avid fan of the eclectic programming at the celebrated repertory cinema the Cinémathèque Française, which awakened his passion for filmmaking. In 1976, Jarmusch returned to New York and was accepted into New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied filmmaking.

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