Ronald L. Nyswaner|
(October 5, 1956 - living) U.S.A.
Screenwriter and film directo
Ron, born in Clarksville, Pennsylvania, wrote his first screenplay for Susan Seidelman's film Smithereens. After two other notable screenplays for Swing Shift and Mrs. Soffel, he gave his directorial debut with The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988).
Ron is openly gay and is an activist for gay rights. He has often worked on movies dealing with homosexuality, homophobia, and AIDS. For instance, the documentary Celluloid Closet and the television drama Soldier's Girl, about the homicide of Private Barry Winchell.
The film had its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, received the Peabody Award, three Golden Globe nominations, an Emmy nomination, a Television Critics Association nomination, a Gotham Award, and was named by the American Film Institute as one of the ten outstanding television events of the year
In 1993 he came to worldwide prominence for his screenplay to the Academy Award winning movie Philadelphia, directed by Jonathan Demme. It earned him nominations for the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA.
After several years of working for television he wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film The Painted Veil which is based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham. He received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award and won the award of the National Board of Review in 2006.
In 2004, he published Blue Days, Black Nights: A Memoir, which narrates his relationship with alcohol, drugs, and hustlers. He is a founding member of the Actors & Writers Theater Company in upstate New York, serves on the board of the Woodstock Film Festival and as an advisor for the Sundance Institute. He has received numerous awards - including the Ryan White Youth Service Award - for his activism on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS.