Michael Merino


Santa Monica, CA, USA


Michael Merino is an award-winning director, producer, and writer. He grew up in Washington, D.C. the son of an Irish/German mother and a Spanish-Basque father who migrated to the United States from Mexico. 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. His adventures included the running of the bulls in Spain and being caught and detained during a coup in Fiji. During his travels he held a motley assortment of jobs, including short order cook, ladies shoe salesmen, carpenter, bartender, and house painter. In addition to his university studies, Michael attended Rockport's International Film School and The Corcoran School of Art. Michael directed his first feature, the award-winning action film The Deal, in 2003. In 2006, Michael released the horror feature The Milkman followed by the thriller 502, which won the coveted Shakes Award at the Dead Time Film Festival, in 2008. In 2012, Michael was awarded Best Director and Best Writer for his feature The Haunting of Pearson Place at the 2013 Scare-A-Con film festival in Syracuse, NY. The film garnered more than 30 nominations worldwide and won more than 20 awards. He also won Best Director and Best Screenplay for his short films Times Up and Dream On at the WMIFF in 2013. In 2015, he produced, wrote, and directed the web series DRAKUL. Michael resides in Los Angele