Michael Almereyda (born 1960) is an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His most well known work is (2000), starring Hamlet Ethan Hawke.
Early work [ edit ]
Almereyda studied art history at
Harvard but dropped out after three years to pursue filmmaking. He acquired a Hollywood agent on the strength of a spec script about Nicola Tesla. His first film as writer/director was a self-financed, black-and-white short featuring Dennis Hopper, , based on A Hero of Our Time Mikhail Lermontov’s novel of the same title. Shot in 1985, it was finished in 1987 and screened in the 1992 Sundance Film Festival.
Early screenplays include
(1987), the first draft for Cherry 2000 Wim Wenders’ (1991), and uncredited work on Until the End of the World (1990). Total Recall
Almereyda’s films range across many genres, styles, and formats. His first feature,
(1989), based on Twister Mary Robison’s novel Oh, was a comedy about a dysfunctional mid-Western family. (1992) was a romantic chamber piece, a black-and-white featurette shot with a Another Girl Another Planet Fisher-Price Pixelvision camera. (1994) was a comic vampire film shot on Nadja 35mm and Pixelvision. (2000) was shot on Hamlet Super 16mm and featured Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray, Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber and Sam Shepard. The adaptation layered a contemporary New York setting on Shakespeare’s text.
Almereyda directed features set in pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans:
(2002) and Happy Here and Now (2008). In 2004, he directed an episode of the New Orleans, Mon Amour HBO series , His most recent work has mainly involved documentaries and shorts. Deadwood
(2005) was nominated for an William Eggleston in the Real World IFP Gotham Award for Best Documentary, as was the sketchbook film (2009). Paradise
Almereyda edited and contributed texts for
Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and About Mayakovsky, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2008, and William Eggleston: For Now, published by Twin Palms in 2010.
He has written criticism and commentary for
The New York Times, Film Comment, Artforum, Bookforum, The Believer, and Triple Canopy.
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