Empire Control Room
"...Local actor/comedian/creative whirling dervish John Merriman is in the news this week. We're gonna count the ways...."
"...That's right, you don't have to take The Chronicle's word for it – because we've outsourced the report on this feline-spangled amusement to John Merriman, the stand-up comedian and rising-star actor of so many local films, who happened to be among those Austinites who witnessed the show when it toured through the ATX last year...."
"...Still kicking yourself you didn’t get in on the ground floor with the Moontower Comedy Festival? You’re gonna kick yourself even harder when you see the comedy chops on-camera in Inside Joke, a behind-the-scenes web series hosted by Kerri Lendo and John Merriman...."
"...And even though it doesn't lead to riches -- or even steady money -- there's a huge satisfaction in having your work seen and appreciated." Now That's an Indie Movie! "By any means necessary" might be the rallying cry for this new wave of indie filmmakers, both in terms of getting their movie made and getting their movie seen. Austin filmmakers Courtney Davis, John Merriman, and David Layton shot their film, My Name Is Buttons, for the shockingly low cost of $5,000 (with another $5,000 in post-production and promotional costs)..."
"...Starring: Allie Spiro-Winn, Richard V. Licata, Ilana Levine, Amy Braverman, Patti Lupone, Gretchen Mol, Peter Onorati, Joseph Franquinha and Ryan Merriman..."
"...Throughout its interminable and steadfastly, maniacally bewildering running time, neither the cast nor director Cunningham appear to have even the most rudimentary idea of what is going on from one sequence to the next. Adolescent Yank expat Will Stanton (Ludwig, who should immediately seek out the nearest Child Protective Services office to ensure that this sort of horrific résumé-killer never blackens his future again) is living with his scholarly parents (Hickey, Crewson) when one Merriman Lyon (McShane, clearly in need of a scotch and water or less gravitas by any means necessary) arrives and promptly names poor Will the Seeker of the title..."
"...Loves Her Gun Director/Screenwriter: Geoff Marslett, Screenwriter: Lauren Modery This romantic tragedy follows a young woman’s transition from flight to fight after she is the victim of street violence, but will the weapons that make her feel safe again create problems worse than the ones she is escaping? Cast: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Francisco Barreiro, Ashley Rae Spillers, Melissa Hideko Bisagni, John Merriman (World Premiere)..."
"...The ensemble assembled in Austin in the summer of 2013, and Jackson and Disney embarked on the enviable task of corralling 15 hilarious, thoughtful leads and a whole slew of similarly funny supportive cast members (including Austinites Sam Eidson, Kirk Johnson, Will Elliott, Tom McTigue, and John Merriman) through a simulated season of intramural football, with love, loss, inexplicable plot turns, and traditional slapstick comedy mixed in. "Everybody had so much fun on the set," remembers Disney..."
"...John Merriman (Pit Stop, Loves Her Gun)..."
"...About those actors. Although at its heart the film is a kind of buddy-pic love triangle between Orlando, Virginia, and Kip, a bevy of talented Austin comedians fill out a large supporting cast that features local favorites John Merriman and Byron Brown of the improv troupe Bad Boys..."
"...Soderberghian undertones aside, Pictures of Superheroes is a tightly edited look at the hapless, inertial life of maid-for-hire Marie (played to deadpan perfection by Kerri Lendo) as it intersects with manic businessman Eric (McCormick, going for full-bore suit-and-tie lunacy), candy-devouring man-child Joe (John Merriman), and Eric (Byron Brown), Marie's sleazy, clueless ex-boyfriend. Maybe it's a film about the existential ennui of Marie's dull grind of a life, or possibly a celebration of adults who eat ice cream for breakfast; mainly, though, Pictures of Superheroes is a terrific, and odd, ensemble piece with what seems like at least half of Austin's best actors popping up in every other scene...."
"...From under the stars to among them: The avant-garde outpost Experimental Response Cinema will co-sponsor a screening on April 30 of the omnibus project Orbit!: Films About Our Solar System. A collaboration between Cinemad and Rooftop Films, the collection features planetary musings from the likes of Kelly Sears, Bill Brown, and Mike Plante, while local actor John Merriman headlines the five-minute-long "Neptune Calling," in which Neptune, trident in hand, prank calls the other planets..."
"..."Modern Man," from John Merriman, Kerri Lendo, and Picturebox's David Layton, garnered thousands of hits on Funny or Die within hours of its debut on Funny or Die, trending big enough to be picked up by Huffington Post. To say too much would spoil its charms, but as we're currently neck-deep in the assemblage of our SXSW Interactive preview, the short's techno-obsession struck a chord with us for sure...."
"...This is how movies are getting made these days... You know who's making a lot of movies these days? John Merriman..."
"...and no doubt would've gotten one in the hometown paper, too, had Shotgun Stories ever opened for a theatrical run in Austin. (Nichols and Gretchen co-star John Merriman will be in attendance at their respective AFF screenings.)..."
"...Their new feature – which has its world premiere April 1 at the Dallas International Film Festival – was directed and co-written by Elrod, co-written and shot by Smith, and stars a who's who of local character actors, including John Merriman, Byron Brown, and real-life couple Macon Blair and Lee Eddy. For Elrod, who has had several shorts premiere at SXSW, including "Molly" (2014) and the 2010 Jury Award winner "Petting Sharks," the journey to Mustang Island's completion has been an odyssey: "This thing has been going for the longest time."..."
"...Meanwhile, she meets the comic book superhero artist living in her employer’s home (seemingly without the employer’s knowledge or permission), and she begins to wonder if there is something more to life than fake marriages and carpet cleaners. Produced by Kelly Williams, and starring Kerri Lendo, John Merriman, Byron Brown and Chris Doubek...."
"...In addition to the usual suspects – Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life and Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter continue to enjoy heavy play on year-end best-of lists – You Hurt My Feelings came in at #2 on Indiewire's Top 10 list of the Best Undistributed Films of 2011. The Steve Collins film, which reunited his Gretchen cast Courtney Davis, John Merriman, and Macon Blair, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this summer and screened at October's Austin Film Festival..."
"...They're back again, hallelujah, this time performing the whole Brody/Hooper/Quint shark hunt for your laugh-wracked pleasure. Who? Listen: Byron Brown is Chief Brody; Kirk Johnson is Quint; John Merriman is Hooper; Sam Eidson is Larry Vaughn; Nathan Sakulich is Ellen Brody; and Carlos Larotta is the Deputy...."
"...Austin comedians John Merriman and Kerri Lendo once again hosted their backstage series Inside Joke. Embedded below is their Day Four wrap-up with Pete Holmes, Jim Gaffigan, Brian Posehn, Andy Kindler, and Jim Norton..."