Graphically Speaking: A Minimalist Take on [[Driving Miss Daisy]]


We love looking at cinema with a Jewish connection in new ways. A recent favorite, courtesy of one of our interns, is by highlighting central film themes with minimalist posters.

Said our intern, Justin Crews, of his latest design for the film Driving Miss Daisy, "The theme of the film that stuck with me was the love between these two characters that develops through driving and being driven. The characters come from two different worlds, but through the focal point of this vehicle, a connection is born. On the surface there are all these social issues, but at the core they're just two people, sharing a space in which they’re both comfortable.”

The 1989 film began as a play of the same name, written by Alfred Uhry, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1988. The plot centers around an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South and how their relationship develops and grows in a time period of over twenty years. 

The film was shot in Atlanta, including sequences in The Temple, one of Atlanta's oldest Jewish institutions and from whence the real-life inspiration for the play and film originated. Morgan Freeman starred in the film, reprising his role as Hoke Colburn after playing it Off-Broadway. The film also paired him with Jessica Tandy, playing Miss Daisy. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, the film ultimately won four with Tandy at age 81, becoming the oldest winner in the history of the Best Actress category.  

See Crews' design below.

Justin Crews is more than a talented artist and M.F.A. Animation candidate at SCAD. He's also an intern at AJFF, and you could be too. Interested? Let us know.