Sara Driver

Sara Miller Driver is an American independent filmmaker and actress. A participant in the independent film scene that flourished in lower Manhattan from the late 1970s through the 1990s, she gained initial recognition as producer of two early films by Jim Jarmusch, Permanent Vacation (1980) and Stranger Than Paradise (1984). Driver has directed two feature films, Sleepwalk (1986) and When Pigs Fly (1993), as well as a notable short film, You Are Not I (1981), and a documentary, Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2017), on the young artist's pre-fame life in the burgeoning downtown New York arts scene before the city's massive changes through the 1980s. She served on the juries of various film festivals throughout the 2000s.

Permanent Vacation (1980)

In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  Chris Parker  •  Leila Gastil  •  Sara Driver  •  Charlie Spademan

In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  Chris Parker  •  Leila Gastil  •  Sara Driver  •  Charlie Spademan

Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

Slow moving

A Hungarian immigrant, his friend, and his cousin go on an unpredictable adventure across America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  John Lurie  •  Eszter Balint  •  Richard Edson  •  Cecillia Stark

A Hungarian immigrant, his friend, and his cousin go on an unpredictable adventure across America.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  John Lurie  •  Eszter Balint  •  Richard Edson  •  Cecillia Stark

Mystery Train (1989)

In Memphis, Tennessee, over the course of a single night, the Arcade Hotel, run by an eccentric night clerk and a clueless bellboy, is visited by a young Japanese couple traveling in search of the roots of rock; an Italian woman in mourning who stumbles upon a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  Masatoshi Nagase  •  Youki Kudoh  •  Joe Strummer  •  Nicoletta Braschi

In Memphis, Tennessee, over the course of a single night, the Arcade Hotel, run by an eccentric night clerk and a clueless bellboy, is visited by a young Japanese couple traveling in search of the roots of rock; an Italian woman in mourning who stumbles upon a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  Masatoshi Nagase  •  Youki Kudoh  •  Joe Strummer  •  Nicoletta Braschi

When Pigs Fly (1993)

The ghosts of a middle-aged woman and a precocious little girl help an unwed jazz musician and a bar dancer reverse their bad fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Alfred Molina  •  Marianne Faithfull  •  Rachael Bella  •  Maggie O'Neill

The ghosts of a middle-aged woman and a precocious little girl help an unwed jazz musician and a bar dancer reverse their bad fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Alfred Molina  •  Marianne Faithfull  •  Rachael Bella  •  Maggie O'Neill

Keep It for Yourself (1991)

Sophie comes to New York from France with the intention of joining a man she met a few months before. She finds herself alone in the apartment of the guy, who left town because he was scared stiff at the idea of seeing her. Originally commissioned as one third of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claire Denis
CAST:  Sophie Simon  •  Michael James  •  Sarina Chan  •  James Schamus

Sophie comes to New York from France with the intention of joining a man she met a few months before. She finds herself alone in the apartment of the guy, who left town because he was scared stiff at the idea of seeing her. Originally commissioned as one third of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claire Denis
CAST:  Sophie Simon  •  Michael James  •  Sarina Chan  •  James Schamus

You Are Not I (1981)

A young woman escapes from a mental hospital during the chaos of a nearby multiple-car accident. She is mistaken for a shock victim and is driven to her sister's house by a rescue volunteer. Then the real story begins...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Suzanne Fletcher  •  Melody Schneider  •  Bea Boyle  •  Evelyn Smith

A young woman escapes from a mental hospital during the chaos of a nearby multiple-car accident. She is mistaken for a shock victim and is driven to her sister's house by a rescue volunteer. Then the real story begins...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Suzanne Fletcher  •  Melody Schneider  •  Bea Boyle  •  Evelyn Smith

Sleepwalk (1986)

When Nicole, a young copy-shop employee, is hired to translate an ancient Chinese manuscript, she soon finds that the document has strange powers that little by little begin to exert an eerie influence over her life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Suzanne Fletcher  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Ann Magnuson  •  Tony Todd

When Nicole, a young copy-shop employee, is hired to translate an ancient Chinese manuscript, she soon finds that the document has strange powers that little by little begin to exert an eerie influence over her life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Suzanne Fletcher  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Ann Magnuson  •  Tony Todd

Blank City (2011)

In the years before Ronald Reagan took office, Manhattan was in ruins. But true art has never come from comfort, and it was precisely those dire circumstances that inspired artists like Jim Jarmusch, Lizzy Borden, and Amos Poe to produce some of their best works. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Celine Danhier
CAST:  Amos Poe  •  Ann Magnuson  •  Becky Johnston  •  Bette Gordon

In the years before Ronald Reagan took office, Manhattan was in ruins. But true art has never come from comfort, and it was precisely those dire circumstances that inspired artists like Jim Jarmusch, Lizzy Borden, and Amos Poe to produce some of their best works. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Celine Danhier
CAST:  Amos Poe  •  Ann Magnuson  •  Becky Johnston  •  Bette Gordon

Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989)

This musical is based on four short stories by Damon Runyon. In one tale, gambler Feet Samuels sells his body to science just as he realizes that Hortense loves him and that he would rather live than die. In another story, Harriet's parrot is killed, and she has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Brookner
CAST:  Josef Sommer  •  Madonna  •  Tony Azito  •  Jennifer Grey

This musical is based on four short stories by Damon Runyon. In one tale, gambler Feet Samuels sells his body to science just as he realizes that Hortense loves him and that he would rather live than die. In another story, Harriet's parrot is killed, and she has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Brookner
CAST:  Josef Sommer  •  Madonna  •  Tony Azito  •  Jennifer Grey

Uncle Howard (2017)

When Howard Brookner lost his life to AIDS in 1989, the 35-year-old director had completed two feature documentaries and was in post-production on his narrative debut, Bloodhounds of Broadway. Twenty-five years later, his nephew, Aaron, sets out on a quest to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aaron Brookner
CAST:  Howard Brookner  •  Aaron Brookner  •  John Giorno  •  Jim Jarmusch

When Howard Brookner lost his life to AIDS in 1989, the 35-year-old director had completed two feature documentaries and was in post-production on his narrative debut, Bloodhounds of Broadway. Twenty-five years later, his nephew, Aaron, sets out on a quest to find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Aaron Brookner
CAST:  Howard Brookner  •  Aaron Brookner  •  John Giorno  •  Jim Jarmusch

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018)

Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Jean-Michel Basquiat  •  Michael Holman  •  Fab 5 Freddy  •  Jim Jarmusch

Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Jean-Michel Basquiat  •  Michael Holman  •  Fab 5 Freddy  •  Jim Jarmusch

The Dead Don't Die (2019)

In a small peaceful town, zombies suddenly rise to terrorize the town. Now three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish morgue expert must band together to defeat the undead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Adam Driver  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Chloë Sevigny

In a small peaceful town, zombies suddenly rise to terrorize the town. Now three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish morgue expert must band together to defeat the undead.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Jarmusch
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Adam Driver  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Chloë Sevigny

Figaro Story (1991)

An anthology film centering around the worldwide adventures of the Nissan Figaro.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claire Denis  •  Alejandro Agresti  •  Kaizo Hayashi
CAST:  Masako  •  Jim Stark  •  Sophie Simon  •  Vincent Gallo

An anthology film centering around the worldwide adventures of the Nissan Figaro.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claire Denis  •  Alejandro Agresti  •  Kaizo Hayashi
CAST:  Masako  •  Jim Stark  •  Sophie Simon  •  Vincent Gallo

Strummer (1993)

A 30 minute film shot by Jim Jarmusch at Rockfield Studio, Wales with never before seen footage of Joe Strummer recording the soundtrack for When Pigs Fly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Joe Strummer  •  Sara Driver  •  Jim Jarmusch

A 30 minute film shot by Jim Jarmusch at Rockfield Studio, Wales with never before seen footage of Joe Strummer recording the soundtrack for When Pigs Fly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Joe Strummer  •  Sara Driver  •  Jim Jarmusch

The Bowery (1994)

Documentary about the history, people, and culture of New Yorks' Bowery Street and neighborhood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Lucy Sante  •  Nemo Librizzi  •  Billy Dock  •  Slim Willy

Documentary about the history, people, and culture of New Yorks' Bowery Street and neighborhood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST:  Lucy Sante  •  Nemo Librizzi  •  Billy Dock  •  Slim Willy

Gold Eye Ball (2008)

Produced for Glass Eye Pix as part of their 2008 Creepy Christmas Online Film Festival, in which each short was inspired by the inhabitants of a diorama advent calendar. Each filmmaker was assigned a specific date and given the props that were used in that window ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST: 

Produced for Glass Eye Pix as part of their 2008 Creepy Christmas Online Film Festival, in which each short was inspired by the inhabitants of a diorama advent calendar. Each filmmaker was assigned a specific date and given the props that were used in that window ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Driver
CAST: 

Some Days in January (2001)

A short behind-the-scenes documentary shot by Tom Jarmusch while his brother filmed Stranger Than Paradise (1984).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Jarmusch  •  Fabienne Gautier
CAST:  Eszter Balint  •  Tom DiCillo  •  Sara Driver  •  Richard Edson

A short behind-the-scenes documentary shot by Tom Jarmusch while his brother filmed Stranger Than Paradise (1984).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Jarmusch  •  Fabienne Gautier
CAST:  Eszter Balint  •  Tom DiCillo  •  Sara Driver  •  Richard Edson

Stranger Than Rotterdam with Sara Driver (2021)

In 1982, the completion of Jim Jarmusch's sophomore film, Stranger Than Paradise, hinged on producer Sara Driver’s willingness and ability to smuggle one of the world’s rarest and most controversial films across the Atlantic Ocean.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewie Kloster  •  Noah Kloster
CAST:  Sara Driver

In 1982, the completion of Jim Jarmusch's sophomore film, Stranger Than Paradise, hinged on producer Sara Driver’s willingness and ability to smuggle one of the world’s rarest and most controversial films across the Atlantic Ocean.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewie Kloster  •  Noah Kloster
CAST:  Sara Driver