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Peter Saraf

Peter Saraf is a film producer who makes features and documentaries. After a decade of making films with Jonathan Demme, Saraf formed his own company, Telegraph Films.

In 2004, with Marc Turtletaub, Saraf formed Big Beach Films, a New York-based production company that finances and produces independent films. Including Everything is Illuminated, Big Beach has wrapped three films since its inception including Shall Not Want, written and directed by Laurie Collyer and staring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Duane Hopwood, starring David Schwimmer. Big Beach just wrapped production on Little Miss Sunshine, staring Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Paul Franklin Dano and Abigail Breslin.

Saraf's producing credits include the multiple award winning Ulee's Gold, directed by Victor Nunez and the independent feature The Opportunists, starring Christopher Walken. Recently he produced The Truth about Charlie, directed by Jonathan Demme, as well as Adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze.

Saraf has produced many documentaries including the Academy Award-nominated Mandela: Son of Africa, Father of a Nation, as well as A Portrait of the AIDS Crisis, and "One Foot On a Banana Peel The Other Foot In The Grave. Most recently he produced The Agronomist," also directed by Demme.

Combining his passion for music with his film career, Saraf has been prolific in the area of filmed music. With Jonathan Demme, he has produced The Complex Sessions with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, several music videos with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Demme's concert feature film Storefront Hitchcock, starring Robyn Hitchcock, among others.

Saraf is a founding member of the advisory board of the Woodstock Film Festival and sits on the board of directors of the Film Forum, the legendary movie house in New York.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

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Selected Filmography

Me Him Her
Jack Goes Boating
Sunshine Cleaning
The Kings Of Summer
Storefront Hitchcock
Our Idiot Brother
Everything Is Illuminated
Safety Not Guaranteed
Ulee's Gold
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