John Nicholas Cassavetes (1929 –1989) was an American actor, screenwriter and filmaker. Cassevetes was a pioneer of American independant film by writing and directing over a dozen movies, which he financed in part with his Hollywood paychecks, and which pioneered the use of improvisation and a realistic “cinéma vérité” style. “Shadows" in 1959, "Too Late Blues" in 1961, "Faces" in 1968… (Wikipedia)

John Nicholas Cassavetes (1929 –1989) was an American actor, screenwriter and filmaker. Cassevetes was a pioneer of American independant film by writing and directing over a dozen movies, which he financed in part with his Hollywood paychecks, and which pioneered the use of improvisation and a realistic “cinéma vérité” style. “Shadows" in 1959, "Too Late Blues" in 1961, "Faces" in 1968… (Wikipedia)