Photos with Michael Merino
Michael Merino is an award winning Director, Producer and Writer. Merino grew up in Washington, D.C. the son of a 5th generation Irish/German mother and Spanish-Basque father (who played soccer in the Mexican league as a young man) before migrating to the United States. Having grown up in such a diverse home, Michael is fluent in Spanish and has a wide appreciation and understanding of the world beyond the confines of the Americas. After college, Michael traveled the globe for nearly six years, living and working abroad. Read more... during a coup in Fiji. Mr. Merino held many jobs which included jobs as a contractor, bartender, waiter, short order cook, ladies shoe salesmen, door to door sales and jewelry rep, a landscaper, art dealer, carpenter, brickmason, house painter, truck driver, dock worker, and his most interesting jobs as a pornographic pizza-maker in Sydney's "red-light" district. In addition to his University studies, Michael also attended Rockport's International Film School, The Corcoran School of Art, and is a member of The New York State Bar Association. Michael directed his first feature, the award-winning (Two Rivers Film Fest) action film "The Deal." in 2003. In 2006, Michael released the horror film "The Milkman" to critical acclaim. In 2008 he released the thriller/horror feature "502" which won the coveted "Shakes" award in the Dead-time film festival. And in 2012, Michael was awarded Best Director for the feature film "The Haunting of Pearson Place" (over 30 nominations worldwide with 20+ wins) at the WMIFF and HORRORFIND film festivals, as well as the Best Writer award for The Haunting of Pearson Place at the 2013 Scare-A-Con film festival in Syracuse, NY and Best Director and Screenplay for the short films; Times Up and Dream on at the WMIFF 2013. Michael divides his time between New York and Washington, D.C.