DANIEL ZIRILLI (director/producer/writer) BIOGRAPHY (2015)Daniel Zirilli founded Popart Film Factory at age 24 (after graduating from Pepperdine University in Malibu) and to date has directed and/or produced/written over 40 feature films and 250 music videos (for artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones to Three 6 Mafia). Zirilli last directed the ...
DANIEL ZIRILLI (director/producer/writer) BIOGRAPHY (2015)Daniel Zirilli founded Popart Film Factory at age 24 (after graduating from Pepperdine University in Malibu) and to date has directed and/or produced/written over 40 feature films and 250 music videos (for artists as diverse as The Rolling Stones to Three 6 Mafia). Zirilli last directed the full length feature films- "The Asian Connection" starring Steven Seagal, Johnny Lee & Michael Jai White (Zirilli also co-wrote the story with Tom Sizemore) and "Reflex" an experimental action/parkour film, both shot in Thailand in 2015. The crime thriller, "Crossing Point" (as director/co-producer) was shot in primarily in Tijuana, and stars Jacob Vargas, Shawn Lock, Rudy Youngblood, Luke Goss, and Tom Sizemore.Zirilli's remake of the classic Black Beauty, starred Luke Perry and Bruce Davison, and was released by Lionsgate in July 2015. Zirilli is currently producing a Feature Documentary film based "The Grapes Of Wrath" by legendary author John Steinbeck, featuring James Franco, and is in post on "It's So Easy and Other Lies" based on the book by Duff McKagen (founding member of Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver). Previously Zirilli directed and produced a slate of films for Grindstone/Lionsgate including "Locked Down" starring Vinnie Jones and MMA stars including Rashad Evans, Kimbo Slice and Forrest Griffin.Zirilli produced "Shark Lake" starring Dolph Lundgren (in Theaters October 1st, 2015) and was a producer on "Isolation" starring Dominic Purcell, Tricia Helfer and Stephen Lang. He previously produced "The Tell-Tale Heart" with stars Rose McGowan & Peter Bogdanovich- a literary thriller based on the classic Edgar Allan Poe short story. Zirilli's executive producing credits include "The Package" with Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren, "Blood of Redemption" with Dolph Lundgren, Billy Zane and Vinnie Jones, as well as "Guilty By Association" starring Morgan Freeman, and "House Of The Rising Sun", starting Dave Bautista, Danny Trejo and Amy Smart. Zirilli's other films include "Fast Girl" (director/co-story) a racecar film and winner of the "Guirlande D'Honneur" at the FICTS Festival in Milan, Italy for "Best Sports Movie of 2008" and "Choices 2" (director) starring Three 6 Mafia, Katt Williams, Tiny Lister, Clifton Powell, as well as "The Stonecutter" (director/producer) shot in Tahiti and winner of "Visionaries In Film Award" at the Bahamas One World Film Festival.In Music Videos, Zirilli worked his way up in the business with artists such as NWA, Cher and Danzig, then directed/produced over 250 Music Videos, were #1 on MTV and BET, with 25 plus singles that reached beyond gold or platinum sales (1 million units RIAA) for artists including Three 6 Mafia, Redman, Cypress Hill, Shaq, Scarface, Montel Jordan, Master P, Twista, Chayanne, Freddie Jackson, Roger Troutman Jr., Gerald Levert, Bobby Womack, Bokeem Woodbine, Peter Himmelman, Flea, Domino, Supercat, Wilton Felder, Najee, and other Grammy Award Winning Artists, including The Rolling Stones interactive "Voodoo Lounge" (working directly with Mick Jagger on multiple productions) and projects directly for Michael Jackson/Moonwalker Entertainment. Zirilli has won multiple Telly awards, and has been nominated for 4 Billboard Music Video Awards and 8 M.V.P.A. awards (Music Video Producers Association).Daniel Zirilli's Public Service Announcements include projects commissioned by the Earth Communication Office (E.C.O.), Earth Summit, Save our Skies (S.O.S.), and The Garden Project L.A. (in association with Disney) which have featured socially conscious celebrities such as Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Newton-John, Ed Begley Jr., Mark Hamill, Herbie Hancock, Bob Saget, Rita Coolidge, Richard Mull, Jane Seymour and the late John Ritter, among many others.Zirilli has lectured on directing/producing at film festivals, seminars and UCLA extension/film school, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, (Minor in Creative Writing) from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.
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