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Lead Consultant for Creative Productions, Media and Public Relations, and Advertising and Marketing
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Directors Guild of America
Academy of Science and Arts
Southern Virginia University
Member of the Board of Trustees
California Pioneer Heritage Foundation
Leucadia Film Corporation
Brigham Young University
Kieth W. Merrill
Kieth W. Merrill, is a Filmmaker. He has created a remarkable assortment of motion pictures, television and commercials in a wide variety of formats. He is a director, writer, and producer. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Director's Guild of America. His many and diverse films include numerous landmark and award winning productions. Merrill has worked with Hollywood's major studios, written and directed feature motion pictures, created films and commercials for network television, and become recognized as one of the leading filmmakers of the Giant Screen. (Imax format) Merrill was nominated for an Academy Award for his recent Imax-format film, AMAZON. Merrill won the Academy Award, "Oscar", for his feature documentary film, THE GREAT AMERICAN COWBOY. That success was followed by several feature films, television projects and an impressive array of additional recognition. Merrill's latest film, THE 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS, was hailed "A Classic Family Classic" by the prestigious Dove Foundation and was released in a flurry of excellent reviews. DVD sales are expected to exceed one million units. Merrill's recent work, THE TESTIMENTS, is an epic scale 70 mm dramatic film set in pre-Mayan America. The film combines Merrill's mastery of the big screen with his talent as a compelling storyteller and dramatic director. Merrill also wrote, produced and directed the highly acclaimed LEGACY, precursor to Testaments, which runs continuously at special venue theaters around the world. Merrill is a founder of Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios and is currently in development with several feature film projects including, CHRISTMAS JARS, based on the best selling book by Jason Wright and TRAIN TO POTEVKA based on the novel by Michael Ramsdell and Legend of Wind River, an original screenplay written by Merrill. Merrill is a founder of Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios and is currently in development with several feature film projects including, CHRISTMAS JARS, based on the best selling book by Jason Wright and TRAIN TO POTEVKA based on the novel by Michael Ramsdell and Legend of Wind River, an original screenplay written by Merrill. Merrill recently completed writing a directing the musical extravaganza, MORE PRECIOUS THAT GOLD presented live in ARCO Arena with a cast of 5000. Merrill is active in church, community and family. Merrill served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Virginia University. He is past president of the Brigham Young University Alumni Association and recent recipient of BYU's Distinguished Alumni Award. He is married to the former Dagny Johnson of Piedmont, California. The Merrills are the parents of 8 children and reside in the Sierra Foothills of California's gold country. OLYMPIC GLORY, the first ever Imax-format film of the Winter Olympic Games, directed by Merrill, was released in January 1999 and has played to rave reviews throughout the world. Merrill is a pioneer in the commercial large screen cinema industry. With the development of the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater and film project, Merrill introduced a new concept that has become known as "destination cinema". The film, GRAND CANYON - THE HIDDEN SECTETS is currently listed as one of the 25 most successful independent films in history and the first film to be inducted into the Imax Hall of Fame. Merrill was a founding partner of World Odyssey that introduced the first Imax-compatible projection system and ULTRA-70 cameras and opened the technology of the Giant Screen industry to much needed competition. Merrill's "destination film" projects include the Grand Canyon Imax Theater at the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls Imax theater, Canada, Imax at River Center, San Antonio, Texas featuring ALAMO - THE PRICE OF FREEDOM, a large screen dramatic recreation of the battle of The Alamo-and a large screen film POLYNESIAN ODYSSEY for Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii. Merrill wrote, produced and directed YELLOWSTONE an Imax-format film for the Grizzly Bear Park Theater at West Yellowstone, Montana, TREASURE OF THE GODS an Imax format film at Zion National Park and OZARKS LEGACY AND LEGENDS for the Imax Discovery Theater in Branson Missouri. Merrill directed PASSION OF LIFE for Valencia's Imax Dome and is the creator of SAN FRANCISCO ADVENTURE, a special venue film for the Cinemax Theater at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Merrill is married to his college sweetheart Dagny. They have been married 44 years have 8 children and 25 Grandchildren. Merrill is a cowboy at heart, grew up on a farm and LOVES country music. He has received many awards and citations for his work in TV commercials, documentaries, shorts and other films.
Kieth Merrill Renowned Filmmaker, Academy Award Recipient Kieth Merrill is a writer, producer and director of motion pictures. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Director's Guild of America. He is a two-time Oscar Nominee and winner of an Academy Award for his film, The Great American Cowboy. His films have received numerous festival honors and other awards including an Emmy nomination. Most members of the Church are familiar with Kieth's work-if not his name-because of the First Presidency Project Films he created for the Legacy Theater on Temple Square in Salt Lake City titled LEGACY and THE TESTAMENTS. He also directed Mr. Krueger's Christmas, a church classic familiar to many. Kieth confesses that "there is no such thing as retirement for moviemakers" and he remains active in creating motion pictures. He is the chief creative officer and co-founder of Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios, a film company dedicated to the production of highly entertaining films in all genre's that embrace virtues and values. In recent times, Kieth wrote and directed the Youth Cultural Celebration to commemorate the dedication of the Sacramento Temple. The production was staged in the massive ARCO Arena and involved 5000 youth from 81 stakes. Kieth is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the former president of the BYU Alumni Association . He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Brigham Young University. He served as missionary in Denmark, and describes himself as a country boy from the farmlands of Utah lucky enough to marry a "sophisticated, city-slicker, California dream-girl"...his BYU Sweetheart, Dagny. Kieth and Dagny have been married 44 years and reside in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California.
LOS ANGELES, CA and SALT LAKE CITY, UT, September 7, 2012: IMAX pioneer Kieth Merrill announced today that he has joined the newly formed Academy of Science and Arts as its Director of Internext Studios, which has been planning for several years to introduce stunning innovations in the 21st century cinematic experience.
All can hear and see a 3D audiovisual stadium together, and experience a story, a tale, a song, a drama, a comedy, an adventure, a new world like never before in history," said Kieth Merrill. Kieth is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Director's Guild of America. He also serves on the pre-nominating committee for documentary films. He is a director, writer, and producer, and has worked with Hollywood's major studios to create a remarkable assortment of feature motion pictures, network television productions, and commercials in a wide variety of formats. Kieth is a two-time Academy Award Nominee, and winner of the Academy Award "Oscar" for his feature documentary "Great American Cowboy". He is the 3-time winner of the prestigious Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. He was nominated for an Emmy for his direction of "Cowboys" in his ten-hour miniseries, "Wild West" for Warner Television. Kieth is a pioneer in the commercial large screen cinema industry. He was a founding partner of World Odyssey, Inc., which innovated and introduced IMAX-format film technology. With the development of the Grand Canyon IMAX theater and film project, he introduced a new concept that has become known as "Destination Cinema". Kieth has created many enormously successful IMAX films and been involved with design, planning, development and construction of many giant screen theaters. He is recognized as one of the leading film makers of the Giant Screen (IMAX format). His film, "Grand Canyon-The Hidden Secrets", is currently listed as one of the 25 most successful independent films in history. Kieth is also a founding member of Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios (AAMPS), a production company committed to motion pictures that embrace virtues and values.
Kieth W. Merrill (born May 22, 1940) is an American filmmaker who has worked as a writer, director, and producer in the film industry since 1967.
He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America, and received an Academy Award for The Great American Cowboy (1973) and a nomination for Amazon (1997). He is a founding partner of Odyssey, which pioneered IMAX-format film technology. He is also a founding member of Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studios, a production company committed to highly entertaining motion pictures that embrace virtues and values. AAMPS is a growing broad based membership organization giving "card carrying members" the opportunity to weigh in on scripts and go behind the scenes of AAMPS motion pictures. Merrill is the son of the Utah artist and landscape architect, David Merrill and playwright and actress, Leola Green Merrill.
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