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As one of NYC’s top independent film producers, Jon Kilik has collaborated with a wide range of auteur filmmakers. With Stacey Smith, he produced Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers, also a Focus Features release.
As a producer of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel, he was a Producers Guild of America and Academy Award nominee; in addition to the Best Picture nomination, the film was up for 6 other Oscars, winning for Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla). Babel’s many other honors worldwide included ALMA and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, and a Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
Mr. Kilik has been a producer on thirteen of Spike Lee’s films, in a collaboration that dates back to Do the Right Thing, which world-premiered at the 1989 Cannes International Film Festival. Among their subsequent films together have been Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X, Clockers, He Got Game, 25th Hour, Inside Man, and Miracle at St. Anna.
He has produced two films directed by Tim Robbins, the Academy Award-winning Dead Man Walking; and Cradle Will Rock, which world-premiered at the 1999 Cannes International Film Festival and which starred Bill Murray among its ensemble cast.
Mr. Kilik has produced three films directed by Julian Schnabel, Basquiat, starring Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel Basquiat; Before Night Falls, for which Javier Bardem earned an Academy Award nomination; and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which won 2 Golden Globe Awards including Best Foreign-Language Film, and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Director. The duo are reteaming on Miral, to star Hiam Abbass of The Limits of Control in the lead role of real-life heroine Hind Husseini
His other films as producer include Robert De Niro’s A Bronx Tale; Gary Ross’ award-winning Pleasantville; Ed Harris’ Academy Award-winning Pollock; Chris Eyre’s Skins; and Oliver Stone’s Alexander.