Alex would have loved to have been a pro tennis player or musician but it just wasn’t in his cards, instead he went on to become one of the world's most important documentary filmmakers. Raised by a journalist and a theologian who were constantly challenging the status quo, Alex would grow into a “filmmaker with journalistic baggage". Alex is a die-hard Sox fan. He’s also the world’s worst swimmer (according to him) and his least favorite job was cleaning bricks with hydraulic acid and. He studied Japanese at Yale but when he discovered the Maysles, who were mixing artistic filmmaking with investigative techniques he enrolled in UCLA film school and made his first documentary The Ruling Classroom, about a classroom democracy experiment gone wrong. It would hint at things to come.
Spurred on by the anti-authoritarian journalistic integrity he inherited, plus an undying curiosity about the world around him and a strong distaste for any sort of bully, Alex hunts for truth in whatever subject he explores. A personal credo to always embrace the contradictions of life give his films a satisfying complexity that resonate long after they’re over. As a writer, director, and producer he’s won an Oscar, Peabodys, Emmys, and a Grammy and while many of his films showcase the abuse of power he’s also found room to embrace his deep love of sports and music with his ESPN 30 for 30 series, and his films about Janis Joplin, James Brown, Fela Kuti, and The Blues, the series he produced with Martin Scorsese.