|Years active 1991–present|
Siblings Lisa Hammer
Music director Evil Remains
|Role Film director|
Name James Merendino
|Born 11 January 1969 (age 46) (1969-01-11) Long Branch, New Jersey|
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter
Nominations Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
Movies SLC Punk!, Punk's Dead, A River Made to Drown In, Evil Remains, Amerikana
Similar People Michael A Goorjian, Lisa Hammer, Don "Magic" Juan, James Duval, Matthew Lillard
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James Anthony Merendino (born January 11, 1969) is an American film director and screenwriter who is best known for directing the 1998 film SLC Punk!.
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Merendino was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when he was six years old. He graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in 1985 and went to college in Rome and Los Angeles, California where he studied Western philosophy and theology. Merendino moved Hollywood, California when he was 19 and found work with Hollywood mogul Dan Melnick.
In 1991, Merendino was hired to direct Witchcraft IV. His fourth film, Toughguy (1995), is a psychological thriller starring Heather Graham and introducing Carrie-Anne Moss and Balthazar Getty. His next film was A River Made to Drown In (1997). Merendino's most successful film, SLC Punk!, was released in 1998. SLC Punk! is semi-autobiographical SLC Punk screenplay was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2000.
The 2000 film Magicians was a European co-production with Alan Arkin and Claire Forlani. Amerikana was part of the Dogma 95 movement by Lars Von Trier. Merendino directed (with Lisa Hammer) the drama film The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch in 2009. He wrote and directed the sequel to 1998's SLC Punk!, Punk's Dead, which was released in February 2016.
2000 Nominated Independent Spirit Award Best Screenplay for: SLC Punk! (1998)