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James Lyons
Birth: Oct. 8, 1960
Death: Apr. 12, 2007

Motion Picture Editor, Actor. He was best known for his sensitive work with director Todd Haynes. Lyons first came to attention with Haynes' award-winning feature "Poison" (1991), and they collaborated on "Dottie Gets Spanked" (1993), "Safe" (1995), "Velvet Goldmine" (1998), and "Far From Heaven" (2002). He also played small roles in several films, notably as artist David Wojnarowicz in "Postcards from America" (1995). His other editing credits include "Silverlake Life: The View From Here" (1993), "Ratchet" (1997), "First Love, Last Rites" (1998), Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides" (2000), "Spring Forward" (2000), "Ghostlight" (2004), and "Imaginary Heroes" (2005), and he appeared in "Swoon" (1992), "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996), and "Frisk" (1996). As an editor Lyons favored slower pacing that emphasized the characters' emotions, and he contributed greatly to the retro feel of "Far From Heaven", which was Haynes' homage to 1950s Hollywood director Douglas Sirk. For nearly two decades he was a vocal AIDS activist and educator and often chose projects that promoted awareness of the disease. He died of cancer at 46, just as he was preparing to make his directing debut with a film about Andy Warhol.  (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
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Record added: Apr 17, 2007
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