THE RULES OF ATTRACTION
ROGER AVARY (Director/Writer),
a former video store clerk from Manhattan Beach, California 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.
His first feature film, the cult
classic Killing Zoe, garnered best film awards in Japan's Yubari International
Film Festival, Italy's MystFest and the Cannes Festival's Prix Tres Special. The
film, which starred Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy and Jean-Hugues Anglade, was
released by New York based October Films and has won favorable, if not heated,
reviews. It has been hailed by Daily Variety, Cahiers du Cinema and The Village
Voice as one of the finest debut films in the last 20 years. Killing Zoe was
recently reissued on DVD by Artisan Entertainment.
In 1994 Avary wrote, directed and
produced a pilot for an international syndicated television series for Rysher
Entertainment titled Mr. Stitch, starring Rutger Hauer. In 1997 Avary
collaborated with Aaron Spelling and NBC to create the neo-noir underworld crime
series Odd Jobs, which starred Patrick Dempsey and was directed by Peter
Avary occasionally, when his schedule
permits, directs music videos. He claims that the form is one of the few pure
outlets for creative expression that exists today.
Avary has also collaborated with
director Quentin Tarantino as co-author of his Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or
winner Pulp Fiction. In 1995 the two shared best writing accolades from the Los
Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics' Circle, the Boston
Society of Film Critics, the National Society of Film Critics, the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television
Arts for their work on Pulp Fiction. This phenomenal success has led to a
prolific writing career for Avary, working at all the major studios, most
recently for Paramount Pictures on their remake of Seconds.
Avary has been very active as a
producer, both on his television projects, and the independent films Boogie Boy
and The Last Man.
Avary has a digestive tract that's 17
meters long and is a strict vegetarian. He has a bullet lodged in his left
shoulder blade, which makes it difficult for him to pass through airport metal
detectors. One of his more interesting drunken party talents is to inhale dental
floss through his nose and cough one end out of his mouth.
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