Across the Hall

directed by Alex Merkin
Short Film: TRT 25:00

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A quiet night takes a dangerous turn when Julian receives a frantic phone call from his best friend, Terry. Terry claims to have followed his unfaithful fiancée, June, to a seedy hotel on the other side of town. To make matters worse, he's staked out the room across the hall from her, a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a revolver in the other. Now Julian must do everything he can to keep his friend talking while he rushes to avert disaster.

Alex Merkin Director

Named a "talent to watch" by Daily Variety, Alex Merkin has already established a reputation as a film director with vision. Merkin's feature film directorial debut, Across the Hall was dubbed "a riveting trip into betrayal and revenge" by Daily Variety and called "truly one of the finest suspense-fests we've seen in many a year" by Gorezone Magazine. Across the Hall was awarded "Best Thriller of 2010" at GZ's prestigious award ceremonies in London, England. The stylish neo-noir suspense film, which Merkin also edited, stars Brittany Murphy, Mike Vogel (Cloverfield) and Danny Pino (Cold Case). It was released theatrically in 24 U.S. markets and is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD. Merkin first introduced viewers to Across The Hall in 2006 as a short film starring Adrian Grenier (Entourage), produced by Jon Kilik (Babel) and First Look Studios. The short rapidly earned critical acclaim and went on to win 15 awards at multiple film festivals as well as become one of the most widely distributed short films ever. The success of the short ultimately led to Merkin's arrival in Hollywood.

In addition to his work in film, Merkin has directed and edited television series, commercials, music videos and other projects for HBO, First Look Studios, Samsung, PUMA, Sony, Atlantic Records, FRANK151, Toyota, Vacantlot/Bloodline, Epic Records, Bad Boy, Ruff Ryder Records and Harlem World. In 2007, he designed and supervised the new film and television department at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute at New York University. He is a Manhattan native who attended film school at Boston University's College of Communication. Merkin is represented by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment and New Wave Entertainment.

Merkin through his new company, Uncharted Entertainment, is currently developing multiple film and television projects, and will direct the company's first theatrical feature, The Vault.