Born in Canada, in 1965, unrelenting gonzo filmmaker Roger Avary has captured both the mainstream of Hollywood as well as the fringe of indie cinema with his aggressive and unique filmmaking style. A former video store clerk from Manhattan Beach, California, Roger is a self-proclaimed charter member of what he calls the video store generation. The first generation of information age filmmakers with complete and total access to a database of tens of thousands of films at any given moment...something no other generation before his can claim.
In 1994 his first feature film, the cult classic, Killing Zoe, garnered best film awards at the Cannes Festival's Prix Tres Special, Japan's Yubari International Film Festival, and Italy's MystFest. The film was released by New York based October Films and has won favorable, if not heated, reviews. The film has been hailed by Daily Variety, Cahiers du Cinema, and the Village Voice as one of the finest debut films of the last twenty years.
His second film is a bold and visually striking adaptation of Bret Easton-Ellis novel, The Rules of Attraction. The film, a curious love triangle, polarized critics in the states with its daring non-linear narrative and strong stylistic flourishes. Entertainment Weeklys Owen Gleiberman called it a party-hearty teen flick that scalds like acid while Premiere Magazine called it the worst film of 2002. Richard Corliss asked what more could you ask for in a movie in his Time Magazine review, and after seeing the film twice to formulate his review, something he rarely does, Roger Ebert proclaimed that Avary weaves his story with zest and wicked energy. The film was such a creative success that Roger Avary and Greg Shapiro have optioned the rights to Bret Easton-Ellis novel Glamorama. The film is currently in development under Shapiros production banner, Kingsgate Films.
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