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Jury Duty | Aleksander Hemon

A Princeton University Professors, award-winning writer and generally very nice guy - Aleksandar Hemon is new to our 2019 jury, and we're hoping he'll stick around!

Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. His other works include a book of nonfiction, The Book of My LivesThe Making of Zombie Wars, a novel; journalism, screenplays, and content for the Netflix original show Sense8.

Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. Hemon has taught at Northwestern University and New York University and is currently part of the creative Writing Faculty at Princeton University.

What attracted you to the PRINDIE: Princeton independent film festival?

I like cinema, I like thinking and talking about it, therefore I like film festivals.

What is your favorite movie/ what is your favorite type of movie? (action,drama, etc.) That is the hardest question. The movie I love most is Jacques Tati's Playtime.  Also: Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot. Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up.  Claire Denis's Beau Travail.  Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing It could be a very long list. I grew up by a movie theater. Besides Film, what are your passions? Literature. Soccer. Music. Is there anything you would like to share about yourself to the people of PRINDIE? I write scripts. I have a dog. I am from Bosnia. I love Princeton.

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