Director's Bio

Alexander Carson

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Age: 29

Alexander Carson is Canadian filmmaker and a founding member of the North Country Cinema media arts collective. He holds a BFA and an MA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, and his films have won awards and recognition at major festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Name three of your interests (not film-related) and one pet peeve. 

Beyond film, my main interests revolve around sports, fantasy sports, literature, and North America. I don’t have any pet peeves!

What is your favourite movie and why?

Terence Davies' film Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) is one of my personal favorites. Its combination of tender autobiography rendered through gorgeous formal compositions and traditional music delivers a stunning portrait of life in Liverpool during the 1950s. This film has great courage and poise. It is truly unique.

When did you make your first film? What was it about?

I made my first film as a child, employing my parents' Video8 camera in the service of documenting some birthday party or family vacation. In many ways, not so different from the work I make now. Though I consider my films to be narrative fiction, they are also undeniably linked to the act of "doing" personal history. My family and friends always figure strongly in my work. I even continue to use our now ancient Video8 camera in some of my mixed media projects. For me, the line between fact and fiction, like the divide between my personal and professional life, is always blurred.

Which films or directors inspire you?

I'm a huge fan of the American cinema of the 1970s. John Cassavetes, Terence Mallick, and Francis Coppola are big influences. So many films from this period had incredible personality, style, and grit. I also love a lot of European art cinema, from Bela Tarr to Fellini - stuff with a lot of passion and personal vision.

What's your dream film project?

I'm currently developing a long form dramatic project called O, Brazen Age that explores the convergence of artistic productivity and mental illness in West Toronto. It's a project with a lot of potential, and a lot of personal and cultural value. I aim to begin work on it next year.

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