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Years active  1991–present
Siblings  Lisa Hammer
Music director  Evil Remains
Role  Film director
Name  James Merendino

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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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Life

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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.

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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.

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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.

Filmography

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  • Punk's Dead (2016)
  • The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch (2009) (as The Terror Twins)
  • El club de la muerte (2008)
  • Trespassing (2004)
  • Amerikana (2001)
  • Magicians (2000)
  • SLC Punk! (1998)
  • Alexandria Hotel (1998)
  • A River Made to Drown In (1997)
  • Livers Ain't Cheap (1996)
  • Toughguy (1995)
  • The Upstairs Neighbour (1994)
  • Witchcraft IV: The Virgin Heart (1992)
  • Awards

    2000 Nominated Independent Spirit Award Best Screenplay for: SLC Punk! (1998)

    References

    James Merendino Wikipedia


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