Michael Meredith

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Michael Meredith
Born
Michael Shane Meredith

(1967-09-22) September 22, 1967 (age 52)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFilm director, writer
Years active1990s to present

Michael Shane Meredith (born September 22, 1967; Dallas, Texas) is an American independent film director, screenwriter and producer. He frequently collaborates with German director Wim Wenders. Meredith is the son of the late former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and football commentator Don Meredith. He was the oldest of two children from Don Meredith's second marriage to the artist Cheryl King.

Background[edit]

Meredith was born at Baylor Hospital in Dallas on September 22, 1967. He is married to Amit Nizan Meredith who is the mother of his children as well as his business partner.[1] His film work includes Wim Wenders' Land of Plenty for which he co-wrote. He also wrote and directed Three Days of Rain and The Open Road.[2]

He founded Maximon Pictures,[3][4] a production company which has produced work that has won awards.[5] The company is said to be named after the patron saint of good times and good luck.

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Meredith's first feature film was Three Days of Rain,[6] which starred Peter Falk, Blythe Danner, Lyle Lovett, Jason Patric and Don Meredith.[7] Wim Wenders was also involved with the film.[8]

In 2006, Meredith wrote the screenplay for Wenders' Land of Plenty, which earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Michelle Williams.[9][10]

Meredith wrote and directed The Open Road, starring Jeff Bridges, Justin Timberlake, Kate Mara, and Mary Steenburgen. Lyle Lovett and Harry Dean Stanton are also among the cast.[11][12] Wenders was executive producer and Charlie Sexton did the score for the film.[13]

Alex Gibney and Wim Wenders recently partnered with Meredith on the documentary feature, "Return To Timbuktu",[14] centered on the efforts of Malian musicians trying to restore peace in the war torn Sahara.

Other work[edit]

Meredith served as producer, director and narrator of the Ice Bowl episode for NFL Films series The Timeline. The one-hour episode examines the historic game played between the Packers and Cowboys for the 1967 NFL Championship. The one-hour show features Meredith's journey over four years and nine states to interview surviving members of the Ice Bowl, and to understand more about the game's legacy and significance 50 years after it took place. The Ice Bowl features interviews with players such as Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson, Mel Renfro, Chuck Mercein, Lance Rentzel and Donny Anderson, former Cowboys Director of Player Personnel Gil Brandt, Cowboys broadcaster Bill Mercer, Meredith's former spouse Cheryl King, and more.[15]

Recent activities[edit]

Currently Michael Meredith is producing and directing a documentary film, "First Cowboys"[16][17] on the origins of the Dallas Cowboys.

Filmography[edit]

Films Director, producer, writer
Title Role Year Notes #
Three Days of Rain Director 2002
Land of Plenty Writer 2004
The Open Road Director, writer, producer 2009
Martha Graham's Celebration Director 2010
Hands & Eyes Director 2010
Con los ojos cerrados Director, writer 2017/2018
Return to Timbuktu Director 2018

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dallas News, Jul 8, 2017 - Arts, The filmmaker son of 'Dandy' Don Meredith descends on Dallas for 'First Cowboys' - Michael Granberry
  2. ^ Variety, March 4, 2014 - Alex Gibney, Wim Wenders to Produce ‘Timbuktu’ Doc (EXCLUSIVE) By Dave McNary
  3. ^ The Baltimore Sun, October 17, 2018 - Fabled 1963 Navy football team to be subject of documentary film by Michael Meredith - Bill Wagner
  4. ^ Maximon Pictures website - Maximon Pictures
  5. ^ East Texas Journal - Meredith’s Son Lands NFL Film for Home Team
  6. ^ AllMovie - 3 Days of Rain (2002), Synopsis by Josh Ralske
  7. ^ Rotten Tomatoes - Three Days of Rain (2005), Cast
  8. ^ British Film Institute - Three Days of Rain (2002), Cast & Credits, Production: Presented by
  9. ^ Film Journal, Oct 18, 2005 - LAND OF PLENTY, NR By Eric Monder
  10. ^ Broadway World, Sep. 4, 2013 - It's Official! Michelle Williams to Star Opposite Alan Cumming in CABARET, Opening April 24 at Studio 54 by BWW News Desk
  11. ^ Letterboxd - The Open Road 2009 Directed by Michael Meredith, Crew
  12. ^ Letterboxd - The Open Road 2009 Directed by Michael Meredith, Cast
  13. ^ Variety, August 30, 2009 - FILM, REVIEWS, The Open Road, Pic gets respectable mileage from a familiar story - By Joe Leydon
  14. ^ Variety, March 4, 2014 - FILM, NEWS, Alex Gibney, Wim Wenders to Produce ‘Timbuktu’ Doc (EXCLUSIVE) By Dave McNary
  15. ^ NFL Communications - NFL Films' 'The Timeline' Examines the Ice Bowl Between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys
  16. ^ Dallas News, Jul 8, 2017 - Arts, The filmmaker son of 'Dandy' Don Meredith descends on Dallas for 'First Cowboys' - Michael Granberry
  17. ^ Star Telegram, July 14, 2017 - Don Meredith’s filmmaker son found an ideal subject: his dad By Mac Engel
  18. ^ IMDb - Michael Meredith (I), Filmography, Director
  19. ^ IMDb - Michael Meredith (I), Filmography, Writer

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