Frank Merle

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Frank Merle
Film director Frank Merle.jpg
Merle on the set of The Employer in 2013
Alma mater The Theatre School at DePaul University
Occupation Screenwriter, director, producer
Known for Writing, producing, and directing The Employer and From Jennifer

Frank Merle is an American screenwriter, director and producer best known for The Employer and From Jennifer. Formerly a theatrical producer and director, Merle trained at The Theatre School at DePaul University, previously known as the Goodman School of Drama, founded in 1925.[1]

Directing career[edit]

After graduating summa cum laude from The Theatre School, Merle co-founded Keyhole Theatre Company in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL. He served as Artistic Director of Keyhole Theatre Company for seven years, during which time he directed and produced over thirty professional stage productions, both at Keyhole Theatre and at several other Chicago area theater companies. His first short film, What Joan Knows, earned him an Award for Excellence at the Geneva Film Festival, and his second project, Morgan's Last Call, won Best Short Film at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. He then made a trilogy of horror shorts, Gnaw, Art Room, and Carnage on Graves Farm, all of which won awards on the festival circuit. These films were then anthologized on home video in 2010 as Carnage, Chaos & Creeps.

Merle's first feature film was the 2013 psychological thriller The Employer, starring Malcolm McDowell and Billy Zane. The film won Best Thriller feature at the Illinois International Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Geneva Film Festival. It was an Opening Night selection at the Shriekfest Film Festival, and was selected for a Special Invitation screening at the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival. The film also won eight awards at the 2013 Los Angeles Movie Awards, including Best Narrative Feature and Best Director.

On June 30, 2016, it was announced on Dread Central that Merle would write and direct From Jennifer, the third installment in the To Jennifer found-footage series originated by James Cullen Bressack.[2]

On January 19, 2017, the first trailer for From Jennifer was posted by the Horror Society.[3] It was revealed that the cast included Tony Todd, Derek Mears and Aaron Abrams. Prior to its official release, the film won several festival awards, including Best Narrative Feature at the Mindfield Film Festival, and Best Director at the Illinois International Film Festival.

Merle lives in Los Angeles and has several feature films in development, including Broken Oaks, Criminality, and Ruinous.[4]


  • What Joan Knows (2007)
  • Morgan's Last Call (2008)
  • Gnaw (2008)
  • Art Room (2009)
  • Carnage on Graves Farm (2009)
  • Carnage, Chaos & Creeps (2010)[5]
  • The Employer (2013)[6]
  • From Jennifer (2017)


  1. ^ "Theatre School News alumni newsletter". Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Exclusive Details on Third Film in Jennifer Series". Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Get Your First Look at the #FromJennifer Trailer". Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Frank Merle films in development". Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Carnage, Chaos & Creeps". Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Employer movie website". Retrieved March 11, 2013. 

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