Roger Roberts Avary (born August 23, 1965) is a Canadian-American film and television director, screenwriter, and producer. He collaborated with Quentin Tarantino on Pulp Fiction, for which they won Best Original Screenplay at the 67th Academy Awards. Avary directed Killing Zoe, The Rules of Attraction, Lucky Day, and wrote the screenplays for Silent Hill and Beowulf.
Avary in 2012
Roger Roberts Avary
August 23, 1965
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer|
Avary was born to an affluent Californian family. His father was a geologist and mining engineer, and as a result the family moved frequently, living in places such as Oracle, Arizona and South America. His mother was a German-born physical therapist.
His parents divorced in the 1970s, and Avary went to live with his mother at Manhattan Beach, California.
Avary wrote and directed the neo-noir thriller Killing Zoe (1994) which Quentin Tarantino executive produced. The film was honored with le Prix très spécial à Cannes 1994, the very same year that Pulp Fiction won the Palme d'Or. It continued to win awards worldwide on the festival circuit, including the Grand Prize at Japan's Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in February 1994 and the Italian Mystfest.
The Rules of AttractionEdit
The Rules of Attraction was the first studio film to be edited on Apple's Final Cut Pro editing system. Avary became a spokesperson for Final Cut Pro product, appearing in Apple print and web ads worldwide.
Avary and the film's composers, tomandandy, developed the audio format Mono SR for the film. Mono SR is an open source audio format that maintains the simplicity of monaural sound when motion picture delivery requirements include Dolby Digital noise reduction.
In 2004, Avary directed the film Glitterati (2004).
In 2006, Avary wrote a screenplay adaptation to the Konami video game, Silent Hill (2006), with French director and friend, Christophe Gans, and Killing Zoe producer Samuel Hadida. Avary and Gans being long time video gamers and fans of the Silent Hill series, collaborated on the film.
La voix humaineEdit
In September 2017 Avary directed his own screenplay, Lucky Day (which is indeed a semi-sequel of Killing Zoe), starring Luke Bracey, Nina Dobrev, and Crispin Glover, in Toronto & Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The film wrapped production on November 4, 2017. Lucky Day is to be released exclusively in France on September 18, 2019 and then released a month later in North America on October 11, 2019 in a day & date release both theatrically and on streaming VOD.
On January 13, 2008, Avary was arrested under suspicion of manslaughter and DUI, following a car crash in Ojai, California, where a passenger, Andrea Zini, was killed. The Ventura County Sheriff's department responded to the crash after midnight Sunday morning on the 1900 block of East Ojai Avenue. Avary was released from jail on $50,000 bail. In December 2008, he was charged with, and pleaded not guilty to, gross vehicular manslaughter and two felony counts of causing bodily injury while intoxicated. On September 29, 2009, he was sentenced to one year in work furlough (allowing him to go to his job during the day and then report back to the furlough facility at night) and five years of probation. However, after making several tweets about the conditions of his stay on Twitter, Avary was sent to Ventura County Jail to serve out the remainder of his term.
|1983||The Worm Turns||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film|
Los Angeles Film Teachers Award for Best Film 1984
|1983||The Boys||No||No||Yes||Short film|
|1994||Killing Zoe||Yes||Yes||No||Cannes Prix Très Spécial|
Grand Prize at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival
|Pulp Fiction||No||Story||No||Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay|
BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
|2002||The Rules of Attraction||Yes||Yes||Executive|
Also editor and cinematographer
|2012||XIII: The Series||Yes||Executive||13 episodes|
|1983||The Boys||Short film|
|1987||My Best Friend's Birthday||Lost film|
|1987||Maximum Potential||Production assistant|
|1992||Reservoir Dogs||Background radio dialogue|
|2006||36 Steps||Spiritual support|
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- "Roger Avary: Rule Breaker". March 14, 2003.
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