Alex’s stories - both as a director and editor - feature wildly different locations and people but are unified by a common theme.
These are stories of people working to transform themselves through bold and unconventional means. The resulting films are authentic and intimate looks at how we choose to live our lives and what we value. Often these stories are set against an epic backdrop – a mountain on fire, the depths of the pacific, an entrenched political system – but every piece is rooted in its characters. We’re on their shoulders as they battle to both reinvent and understand the shape of their lives, and through watching their journey we come away with a better understanding of our own.
Alex works as both an editor and a director and has received grants and support from The Sundance Institute, ITVS, The Catapult Film Fund, Telluride MountainFilm and IFP amongst others.
In 2018, Alex was named as the Sundance Institute | Discovery Impact fellow for his work telling stories that showcase the natural world. His new feature documentary, WILDLAND, follows a single wildland firefighting crew over the course of one summer. The film premiered at the Camden International Film Festival, and premiered on PBS for their Emmy-award winning doc series Independent Lens and will be released theatrically in 2019 by FilmRise.
Previously he produced and edited Low & Clear which premiered at SXSW in where it won the Emerging Visions Audience Award and was hailed by Paste Magazine as ‘the best documentary of the year.’
On the commercial side Alex has created and overseen broad campaigns for a diverse client list including Tesla and SolarCity, Filson, Patagonia, Chevrolet, Ram Trucks, and the US Army.
Alex is a professor at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, a certified wildland firefighter, and formerly played rugby internationally. His current interests are psychedelics in therapeutic practice, and jiu jitsu.
— Gerald Dempsey