Neal Jimenez

Neal Jimenez (born May 22, 1960) is a screenwriter and film director, best known for the 1986 film River's Edge. He was a member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.[1] He won Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay for The Waterdance.[2]

Neal Jimenez
Born (1960-05-22) May 22, 1960 (age 60)
OccupationScreenwriter, film Director

Jimenez attended UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. In 1984, while a film student, he went hiking with some friends and slipped on a rock, falling twenty feet into a shallow pool below. He was initially paralyzed from the neck down but subsequent surgeries restored movement to his upper body and he has been a paraplegic since. The film The Waterdance, which he wrote and co-directed, was partly based on his experience in rehabilitation.[3][4] He is of Mexican American descent.[5]

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  3. ^ "Dealing With Script He Never Wanted To Write". Los Angeles Times. April 9, 1986.
  4. ^ "The Rehab Men". The Chicago Tribune. May 10, 1992.
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