Neal Jimenez

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Neal Jimenez
Born (1960-05-22) May 22, 1960 (age 61)
Occupation Screenwriter, film Director

Neal Jimenez (born May 22, 1960) is a screenwriter and film director, best known for the 1986 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 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] He is of Mexican American descent. [5]

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