Jarreth Merz studied directing at the New York University and with Salem Ludwig at HB-Studio in New York. 

In 2006 he founded Urban Republic Films. Projects include:Abeka Junction, a mystery thriller/family drama set in Africa that he developed with his brother Kevin Merz, and Spurlos, a mystery thriller/family drama set in Switzerland and based on a true story.


Merz co-produced Nightshift, a film by Shari Yantra Marcacci and Yantra Films. The duo is currently working on Little Tokyo Hotel, a lyrical drama set in Los Angeles and Room 411, the story of a bipolar concert pianist set in New York.


In 2005 Merz co-founded The Cell Film Production.


Merz is a Swiss born actor, director and producer. He grew up in Ghana, Germany and Switzerland and speaks five languages fluently. He is known for his portrayal of Simon of Cyrene in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and his recurring role as Charles Baruani in ER.


Merz has worked extensively in film, television and theater. Most recently, he directed and produced The Soul of Ashanti for the Africa Channel in Los Angeles and Mousy Brown, a narrative short. He is currently working on a bio pic about the life of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.