Jonathan Demme, who directed The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Stop Making Sense, among many many other films, has passed away.

Aside from being a great filmmaker, he was committed to social justice. He championed Moonlight, and many other films by and about people whose voices we hear too little. Here is a video of his short doc Protection Not Protest: The People of Standing Rock

On a personal note, I was lucky enough to meet Jonathan a few times. He had more energy and passion and joy than anybody else I have ever known. He was kind and generous and so excited to share ideas and talk about film with people, including the last time I saw him, just two months ago, when we talked about a film we’d both just seen for the first time. It says a lot that all the people mourning him have been talking not just about the importance of his work, but about what a wonderful person he was. This is a huge loss.