He continued, "John was an incredibly generous artist. He let me tag along with him to every meeting, and shadow him on set; he taught me more about filmmaking during the production of that movie than several semesters in film school. John was also one of the most naturally curious and constantly creative people I ever met, someone who was always taking pictures, and jotting down ideas.”
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Lafia got his start in filmmaking with the 1988 film The Blue Iguana, his first feature film which he directed and wrote. The movie, starring Dylan McDermott and Jessica Harper, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival that year, months before the first Child's Play was released.
He went on to direct two more films in the '90s — 1993's Man's Best Friend and 1995's Bombmeister — before focusing on TV movies and mini-series.
Lafia is survived by his two children, Tess and Kane, according to Variety.
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