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ROLAND EMMERICH (Director/Co-Writer/ Executive Producer) directed the box-office phenomenon "Independence Day," which he also executive produced and co-wrote with producer Dean Devlin. He helmed 1994's epic science fiction adventure "StarGate," which he also co-wrote with the film's producer Dean Devlin. Prior to that, he directed the 1992 action-adventure "Universal Soldier," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. He will also produce the upcoming thriller "The 13th Floor."

           Emmerich began his career in his native Germany. As a youth, he pursued painting and sculpting and while in the director's program at film school in Munich, he also studied production design. He served as production designer on several films before he segued into directing. His student film, "The Noah's Ark Principle," went on to open the 1984 Berlin Film Festival. The feature became a huge success and was sold to more than 20 countries.

           Emmerich subsequently formed his own production company, Centropolis Film Productions, and under its aegis, he produced his subsequent movies. His next film was "Making Contact," (a.k.a. "Joey") about a boy suffering from his father's death who finds a way to communicate with him via his toys. The movie showcased the young filmmaker's vast knowledge of special effects and his propensity to use them.

           His next film was "Ghost Chase," a comedy he co-wrote with Oliver Eberle about two young film fanatics and their struggle for success in Hollywood. Emmerich also served as producer on "Eye of the Storm," which starred Dennis Hopper. He went on to direct the futuristic action-adventure "Moon 44," which he co-wrote with Oliver Eberle, starring Michael Pare, Malcolm McDowell, Lisa Eichhorn and Dean Devlin. Devlin would eventually become a partner in Centropolis as well as Emmerich's producer and co-writer. "Moon 44," set in 2018, featured 100 days of special effects and 30 full-sized interiors and detailed the battle over the last mineral rights in space between rival mining corporations.

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