Prior to ROUNDERS, JOHN DAHL's filmmaking career was kicked
off by three edgy thrillers, "Kill Me Again," "Red
Rock West" and "The Last Seduction." With these
films, Dahl has incited a revival down-trodden heroes who inhabit
the mysterious shadows of film noir. He has also established his
own neo-noir genre combining twisted plots, chilling villains
and a moral landscape that is as scary as it is realistically
Dahi made his feature debut with "Kill Me Again" (which
he co-wrote with his longtime partner David Warfield), which starred
Joanne Whalley Kilmer, Val Kilmer and Michael Madsen in an intricately
plotted story of a trio trying to outwit one another for a large
stash of cash. The film quickly developed a cult following and
led to a second feature for Propaganda Films, "Red Rock West,"
which he co-wrote with his brother Rick.
Starring Nicholas Cage in the hard-boiled tale of a hapless guy
mistaken for a hitman for hire, "Red Rock West" drew
a substantial audience from an early release on video and subsequently
became one of the most acclaimed independent films of the decade
-- sexy, shocking and visionary. The success led to DahI's third
film, "The Last Seduction" (from an original screenplay
by Steve Barancik), starring Linda Fiorentino. Named one of the
best pictures of the year by many film critics, the film also
garnered Fiorentino the Best Actress award from the New York Film
Critics circle and an Independent Feature Project's Spirit award.
Dahl next gave his thrills a scientific twist in "Unforgettable,"
a murder mystery for Dino De Laurentiis and MGM. Re-written by
Dahl and his brother Rick (based on an original screenplay by
Bill Geddie), the film stars Ray Liotta and Linda Fiorentino.
A native of Montana, Dahl had an early interest in art, music
and drama which grew into a love of film. After earning a B.S.
in film production at Montana State University, Dahl moved to
Washington DC where he spent a year working in production as an
assistant director. A desire to write and direct then led him
to the American Film Institute in 1982 where he became a directing
fellow. Upon graduation from AFI, Dahl worked as a storyboard
artist on commercials and music videos, eventually becoming known
for his work directing the latter. He served as a storyboard artist
for such features films as "Robocop," "Something
Wild" and "Married To The Mob."
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