oil on canvas | 24″ x 24″ | 1997
Before starting his career in documentary films, Eric was a painter, painting massive 6 to 8 foot paintings, using oil on canvas. He had shows at various coffee shops and restaurants across North Carolina, and later in New York City. He occasionally does a painting or two on commission, but has spent his recent years as a documentary filmmaker.
After moving to New York as a painter, he soon became a motion graphics designer and animator after founding Merola Productions and was commissioned by various clients including Fuel TV, WE Network, The Speed Channel, and Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi. He was also employed as an animation director for FlickerLab in New York City, where he worked on projects for Comedy Central and A&E.
In 2007, while directing an animated sequence for Michael Moore’s feature documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story”, Eric began production on his first documentary, BURZYNSKI, which garnered widespread distribution and won numerous international awards including “Best Documentary of 2011” on The Documentary Channel, two “Audience Awards” at the HumanDoc Film Festival in Warsaw and the “Humanitarian Vision Award” at the Newport Beach Film Festival. This film also received favorable reviews from various press including The Los Angeles Times and Variety, and granted Mr. Merola a guest appearance on The Dr. Oz Show.
Eric has since released a sequel to BURZYNSKI in 2013, which also garnered world-wide distribution and won the top Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Sedona International Film Festival on March 2, 2014. While working on this sequel, he was also shooting and directing his third documentary, SECOND OPINION: LAETRILE AT SLOAN-KETTERING.