Jim Jarmusch was born in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Cuyahoga Falls on January 22, 1953. He graduated from the Tisch School of the Art's graduate film program at New York University, where he was taught by Nicholas Ray, the director of Rebel Without a Cause. The first major work directed by Jarmusch, Stranger Than Paradise, won awards from the National Society of Film Critics and Cannes International Film Festival. Jarmusch is known for experimenting with traditional film making concepts. He experimented with storytelling forms in Mystery Train and Night on Earth, focusing on parallel narratives, and he experimented with concepts of genre in Dead Man, a surrealistic cowboy movie starring Johnny Depp, and Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai. Broken Flowers, Jarmusch's 2005 meditation on a man looking for his illegitimate son, won the Grand Prix at Cannes. Jarmusch has said that his love of Beat Generation writers and poets introduced him to some of the counterculture ideas that appeared in his films, and he has had several pieces of his poetry published as well. Jarmusch has had cameo acting roles in several films, and he has appeared as himself in over a dozen documentaries and television shows, including an episode of The Simpsons.