Alison Klayman


New York Times chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis named Alison one of their 20 Directors to Watch on a list of rising international filmmaking talents under 40. Her debut feature documentary, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, nominated for two Emmys, and earned Alison a Director’s Guild of America nomination. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, and was picked up by IFC Films. Alison has made many media appearances to speak about her documentary work, including on The Colbert Report. NEVER SORRY has now been translated into over 26 languages and released theatrically around the world. It was also one of the highest grossing films of 2012 directed by a woman.

Alison’s other films include THE 100 YEARS SHOW about 102-year-old Cuban- American painter Carmen Herrera, who worked in obscurity for decades until finally receiving recognition late in life. The film was a festival favorite and five-time winner of “Best Documentary Short.” It had a theatrical run at New York’s Film Forum, and screened at the Whitney and other museums before being released worldwide on Netflix. She directed the Netflix Original feature documentary, TAKE YOUR PILLS, about the role of prescription stimulants in a hyper-competitive, overly medicated America. The film is executive produced by Maria Shriver and had its world premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. 

Her newest documentary THE BRINK was theatrically released in 2019 by Magnolia Pictures. In it she takes on former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, following him for over a year as he tries to promote his brand of extreme nationalism and unite the far-right anti-immigrant parties of Europe. After its Sundance premiere, Variety called the film “impeccably crafted…an engaging and enraging, disturbing and highly revealing movie.” In his Critic’s Pick review, A.O Scott wrote, “It’s a fast-moving, tightly packed, at times unnervingly entertaining documentary.”

Alison’s branded work includes projects for HBO, Lululemon, Brawny, Merck, Morningstar Farms and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She loves telling relevant, diverse and unexpected stories that build a genuine emotional connection with audiences. She is also a frequent contributor to the New York Times’ Emmy-nominated Op-Doc Series, was a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” She is a regular guest speaker at major art museums and universities around the world. She graduated from Brown University in 2006 with an honors B.A. in History, and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Hebrew. She is currently based in Brooklyn.

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