independent American filmmaker,
musician and writer.
He was born in New York, and in 1990 graduated from the American Film
Institute’s directing program. In the same year he was nominated to
the Live Action Short Film Academy Award for his diploma film “Bronx
Cheers”. In 1995 he wrote and directed “Café Society”,
starring Frank Whaley, Peter
Gallagher and Lara Flynn Boyle.
In 2000 he directed an independent movie called “Two
which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was
nominated for an Independent
for the Best Screenplay. In 2003 he directed “The
Thing About My Folks”
(released in 2005), based on Paul Reiser’s scenario, which was
awarded with the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara
International Film Festival.
Felitta made his first documentary (released in 2007), “’Tis
Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris”,
which won the Best Jazz Documentary award at the Kansas City
Raymond De Felitta
wrote and directed an independent movie called “City Isand”,
which received the First Place Audience Award at the Tribeca Film
Festival (it premiered on 19 March 2010). In 2012, he directed
Place: A Mississippi Story”.
is also a wonderful jazz pianist. In 1994 he self-produced his first
album, “Movies ‘til Dawn”. His second album, “Fatha Land”,
a tribute to Earl Hines, was released in 2007.