Sara Driver, director of BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Sara Driver

Sara Driver adapted, produced and directed the film version of Paul Bowles’ short story, You Are Not I (1982). The film was lost for many years and then rediscovered among Bowles’ belongings. It was awarded a restoration grant by the Women’s Film Preservation Fund via NYWFT and selected and shown in the Masterworks section of the New York Film Festival 2011.

Her first feature film Sleepwalk (1986) won the prestigious Prix Georges Sadoul given by the French Cinémathèque. It was the opening night film for the 25th Anniversary of the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes and won the Special Prize at the Mannheim Film Festival. In 1993, her second feature When Pigs Fly, starring Marianne Faithfull and Alfred Molina, premiered in competition at the Locarno Film Festival.

Driver’s other film credits include serving as producer on Jim Jarmusch’s Permanent Vacation and Stranger Than Paradise, Tom Waits music video “It’s All Right With Me” and as co-producer of Uncle Howard by Aaron Brookner. Driver also taught directing at New York University’s Graduate Film School (1996-98).