Award-winning writer/director Meredith Berg graduated from NYU Tisch and resides in Los Angeles where she has built a resume of writing, directing, producing and comic-book editing. While in New York, she adapted and directed the Off-Broadway update of Julius Caesar for the York Shakespeare Company, and remains active in Los Angeles theatre, most recently directing the world premiere of “Lights Off, Eyes Closed,” for the Skypliot Theatre Company that garnered impressive critical praise:
“Director Meredith Berg is to be commended for keeping the action tight and making sure the actors hit every note spot-on...It’s rare to find a play with the irreverent humor, nuanced characters, wicked pacing, and deep heart of Lights Off, Eyes Closed.”
(LA Theatre Review)
"Meredith Berg’s direction is sensitive, profound and tender. The chemistry cannot be ignored."
(North Hollywood Patch)
"The cast turns in beautiful, nuanced performances under the direction of Meredith Berg, making for an amusing and poignant play."
(images from "Lights Off, Eyes Closed" photographed by Heather Landis)
An avid genre fan, Berg has both created and edited comic books, most recognizably story-editing the graphic novel for “COWBOYS & ALIENS,” upon which the feature film starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford was based. As a writer and director, Berg won festival awards for her AFI Directing Workshop for Women horror short, “VOID,” which premiered at Screamfest LA and is available on Amazon. Her feature screenplay, “FACELESS,” was a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and was featured on the Blood List; a list of the best thriller and horror feature screenplays of the year. Berg wrote and directed the hit digital series "LANA STEELE:MAKEUP SPY" for Estee Lauder Cosmetics, starring YouTube sensation and late night talk show host Lilly Singh. The wildly popular series currently has over 9 million views.
"DEMENTIA," her first feature script to hit theaters, was produced by BoulderLight Pictures and released by IFC. Earning rave reviews in several publications, including the Village Voice and the LA Times, "DEMENTIA" was selected as the New York Times' Critic's Pick of the week and is available in theaters as well as on iTunes, Amazon and Netflix.
Sample reviews for Dementia:
"It’s an assured, deftly acted movie that builds its creepiness slowly and keeps its secrets well hidden till the end...Meredith Berg’s screenplay keeps things taut throughout."
(The New York Times)
"Far from being a conventional shocker, Dementia is first and foremost a genuinely painful movie about the dead weight of the past, the invisible poison of past wrongs, and the horror of learning that the people you love had complicated and sometimes ugly lives before you knew them."
"Meredith Berg’s nuanced screenplay has more than a few delicious tricks up its sleeve...It all leads to a climactic moment between Jones, Klebe and Harrison that’s shattering, the actual truth that’s been fueling the horror cutting through the flesh all the way down right into the marrow."
Recently, Berg was selected for an AFI/Twentieth Century Fox mentorship as an "up and coming genre filmmaker to watch," and is developing a sci-fi thriller for Fox. She has screenplays set up at Silver Pictures and MarVista Entertainment. Berg will be directing her feature film debut, supernatural thriller "All Fall Down," from her script in February 2020, produced by Tara Craig of The Squid Farm.
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Meredith Berg at the premiere of her film "Void" at the Director's Guild of America