Neal Jimenez

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Neal Jimenez
Born (1960-05-22) May 22, 1960 (age 58)
Sacramento, California
Occupation Screenwriter, Film Director

Neal Jimenez (born May 22, 1960) is a screenwriter and film director. He is best known for the writing of his macabre 1980's film River's Edge. He was a member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.[1] He won Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay for The Waterdance.[2]

Jimenez attended UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. In 1984, while a film student, he went hiking with some friends and slipped on a rock, falling twenty feet into a shallow pool below. He was initially a paralyzed from the neck down but subsequent surgeries restored movement to his upper body and he has been a paraplegic since. The film The Waterdance, which he wrote and co-directed, was partly based on his experience in rehabilitation.[3][4]

Filmography as a Writer

Filmography as a Director


  3. "Dealing With Script He Never Wanted To Write". Los Angeles Times. April 9, 1986.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Rehab Men". The Chicago Tribune. May 10, 1992.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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