More Roger Avary Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Rules of Attraction)Roger Avary, 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 O'Fallon.
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.
Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "The Rules of Attraction" (08-Aug-2002)