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3 Reasons You Should Know John Merriman’s Name
And only one of them is because it’s easier to spell than 'Galifianakis'
DAILY Screens  September 6, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Local actor/comedian/creative whirling dervish John Merriman is in the news this week. We're gonna count the ways...."

Mustang Island
A deft millennial comedy of manners
Film Review  November 17, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Craig Elrod. Starring: Macon Blair, Lee Eddy, John Merriman, Molly Karrasch, Jason Newman, Byron Brown and Haley Alea Erickson...."

The Amazing Acro-Cats are Back in Austin this Weekend!
And why the hell should you care? Ask John Merriman.
DAILY Arts  October 22, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner and John Merriman
"...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...."

The Funny Doesn't Have To Be Over
‘Inside Joke’ web series goes inside Moontower Comedy Festival
DAILY Screens  April 29, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

"I Made a Movie, and They Didn't Want It!"
Shut out by distribution companies, indie filmmakers go DIY when it comes to getting their movie out there.
Screens Story  July 11, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...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)..."

Just Looking
After having indelibly burned his public persona into that of the kvetchy George Costanza on Seinfeld, Jason Alexander turns his talents to behind-the-screen work with the direction of this Fifties...
Film Review  December 15, 2000, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Allie Spiro-Winn, Richard V. Licata, Ilana Levine, Amy Braverman, Patti Lupone, Gretchen Mol, Peter Onorati, Joseph Franquinha and Ryan Merriman..."

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
This fantasy film, adapted from Susan Cooper's series of novels, is utterly devoid of anything but bombastically simplistic notions.

Film Review  October 5, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

SXSW Film Unveils March Lineup
So much ado!
DAILY Screens  January 31, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...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)..."

First Quarter
Bradley Jackson and Andrew Disney kick off a festival run of their new comedy about the importance of intramurals
Screens Story  April 25, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...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..."

Play Along With Busy Actor Bingo
Mark a tile once you've seen the actor in at least two films
Screens Story  March 8, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...John Merriman (Pit Stop, Loves Her Gun)..."

Snakes and Ladders
'The Man From Orlando' team recalls the high stakes of making their lo-fi first feature
Screens Story  January 11, 2013, by Amy Gentry
"...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..."

'Pictures of Superheroes' Packs in the Austin Comedy Talent
Quirky comedy filled with familiar faces
Screens Story  October 19, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Film at Fusebox Festival
Screens Story  April 27, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

This Modern Love
ATX short about our crazy stupid love for smartphones
DAILY Screens  February 15, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"..."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...."

Film Flam
AFF on the tips of our tongues, Gallagher's indieWIRE shout-out, local premeires in L.A. fest, and more
Screens Column  June 10, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...This is how movies are getting made these days... You know who's making a lot of movies these days? John Merriman..."

Hey, Look Me Over!
AFF and the Blanton team up to bring underseen films to Austin
Screens Story  June 19, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...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.)..."

Mustang Island Premieres at Dallas International Film Festival
Craig Elrod and Nathan Smith screen their latest starring Macon Blair
Screens Story  March 30, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...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."..."

AFF Honors Chris Carter, Announces First Wave
Outstanding TV Writing Award for 'X-Files' creator
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

Film Flam
Which ATX funnyman is on a first-name basis with Alex Trebek?
DAILY Screens  December 30, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

The Non-Frenzied Feeding of a Large Squalus
The movie Jaws, performed live by Old Murder House Theater!
DAILY Arts  July 1, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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...."

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