Some background on Eric MerolaToday, Eric Merola is an internationally award-winning documentary film director.
The God Cells: Fetal Stem Cell Controversy (2016)
Two years in the making, The God Cells will be released in theaters starting in New York City June 3, 2016 and Los Angeles June 10, 2016.
A new documentary exploring Fetal Stem Cell injections for a variety of neurological and immunological ailments. This investigation follows people who have sought this therapy abroad, and the religious and bureaucratic roadblocks hindering its market approval at home.
Before starting his career in documentary films, Eric was a painter, painting massive 6 to 8 foot paintings, using oil on canvas. He then became an animator and animation director in New York City.
After moving to New York City to continue his painting career, Eric Merola (needing to pay the rent) became a motion graphics designer and animator after founding Merola Productions and was commissioned by various TV & film clients including Cartoon Network, Campbell’s Soup, WE Network, Old Navy, Volkswagen, Fuel TV, Speed Channel and Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi. He was also employed as animation director for Flickerlab in New York City where he worked on projects for Michael Moore, MoveOn(.org), Comedy Central and A&E.
Eric is still very active in commercial animation as it supplements his income while making documentaries—and he loves doing it!
Burzynski: Cancer Is Serious Business Film Series (2010 – present)
In 2007, while building an animated sequence for Michael Moore’s feature documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story”, Eric became aware of Dr Stanislaw Burzynski and decided that his was a ‘story that must be told’. And so, armed with over decade of experience, he set about producing, writing and directing his first documentary. Three years later, BURZYNSKI, THE MOVIE was released.
BURZYNSKI quickly attracted widespread distribution and many awards including Best Documentary 2011 on the Documentary Channel, 2 Audience Awards at the HumanDoc Festival in Warsaw 2011 and the Humanitarian Vision Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It also received favorable reviews from The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Variety, and granted Mr. Merola a guest appearance on the DR. OZ SHOW.
In 2013, Eric Merola released his second documentary – BURZYNSKI: CANCER IS SERIOUS BUSINESS, PART II (2013) which has premiered in various film festivals, and won the Top Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Sedona International Film Festival in 2014. It was released on June 1, 2013 on TV and internet On Demand in over 200 million homes in 6 countries.
Second Opinion: Laetrile At Sloan-Kettering (2014)
In the Fall of 2014 – Eric Merola released his third documentary in theaters across the United States (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle), SECOND OPINION: LAETRILE AT SLOAN-KETTERING. It received favorable reviews from The New York Times, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, and 20 more national print publications. It also garnered a 45 second plug on CBS’s internationally syndicated TV show “The Doctors.”
It was the story of “Second Opinion” that inspired Eric Merola to begin making documentary films in this genre. For a more in-depth background behind the inspiration for Merola’s first three documentaries, read his blog entry here.
Eric Merola’s only efforts within the film industry are those listed in this bio as well as his IMDB page.