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Birth Place: Billings, Montana, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, 2nd unit director, assistant director, storyboard artist, visual consultant

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Assured director of modern film noirs who has injected new life into the genre with a series of tough, economical, and atmospheric tales. Dahl tells unsentimental stories of hopelessly stupid men who take the fall for beautiful dames. Whereas most movies of this ilk are set against the backdrop of urban L.A. or NYC, this Montana native finds the darkness in the heart of middle America, in claustrophobic towns surrounded by great open spaces. In an era of imitations, both cheap and lavish, he offers the real deal.

Assured director of modern film noirs who has injected new life into the genre with a series of tough, economical, and atmospheric tales. Dahl tells unsentimental stories of hopelessly stupid men who take the fall for beautiful dames. Whereas most movies of this ilk are set against the backdrop of urban L.A. or NYC, this Montana native finds the darkness in the heart of middle America, in claustrophobic towns surrounded by great open spaces. In an era of imitations, both cheap and lavish, he offers the real deal.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  You Kill Me (2007)
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  Great Raid, The (2005) Director
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  Joy Ride (2001) Director
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  Rounders (1998) Director
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  Unforgettable (1996) Director
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  Last Seduction, The (1994) Director
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  Red Rock West (1993) Director
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  Kill Me Again (1989) Director
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  Private Investigations (1987) 2nd Unit Director (2nd Unit)
10.
  Death Mutants, The (1980) Director

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1980:
First feature, a student film entitled "The Death Mutants" and made for $12,000 dollars
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Moved to Los Angeles, attended AFI's directing program
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Directed music videos for Kool and the Gang and Joe Satriani
1983:
Worked as an assistant director on the omnibus horror film, "The Dungeonmaster"
1987:
First produced screenplay, "Private Investigations"; also served as 2nd unit director
1988:
Served as a visual consultant and storyboard artist on Jonathan Demme's "Married to the Mob"
1989:
Professional feature directing debut, "Kill Me Again" (also wrote screenplay)
1993:
Helmed the feature "Red Rock West"; acquired by HBO for domestic TV distribution then picked up for theatrical release by Roxie Releasing
1993:
Made third film, the acclaimed "The Last Seduction"; rights sold to HBO which premiered film before its theatrical release
1998:
Directed Matt Damon and Edward Norton in "Rounders"
2001:
Helmed the thriller "Joy Ride"
2005:
Directed "The Great Raid," the true story of the 6th Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci that liberated over 500 American prisoners-of-war from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp
2007:
Helmed the Mafia Comedy thriller, "You Kill Me" starring Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni and Bill Pullman
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Education

AFI Conservatory: - 1982
University of Montana: Missoula , Montana -
University of Montana: Missoula , Montana -
Montana State University: Bozeman , Montana -
AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California - 1982
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1982

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wife:
Beth Friedberg. Met while attending Montana State University; attended AFI studying cinematography; graduated in 1982.

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brother:
Rick Dahl. Screenwriter, producer. Co-wrote "Red Rock West" (1993) with Dahl.

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