alex harvey - director
ALEX HARVEY is a filmmaker, live event director, writer, editor, composer, educator and producer based out of the Lower Hudson Valley, New York.
Alex produced, conceived of and directed WALDEN: LIFE IN THE WOODS . The film has played a variety of festivals throughout North and Central America (including Whistler Film Festival, Denver International Film Festival, River Run International Film Festival, NCTE Houston, FilmFort Idaho, Oaxaca Film Festival) and will be released later in 2019 with Virgil Films. Alex wrote and directed THE UNSILENT PICTURE, a black and white silent film starring the world famous clown, Bill Irwin. UNSILENT screened in an immersive spiegel tent accompanied by a live orchestral score as a centerpiece of the Horseman’s Hollow Festival. Alex co-directed and produced I AM A SEAGULL, the doc/narrative hybrid film of Lake Lucille’s 2014 production of Chekhov’s The Seagull – which premiered at the New York Theatre and Performance on Film Festival and has played both contemporary art centers and festivals all over including MASSMoCA,The Public Theatre, Whitney Humanities, The Granoff Center, and upcoming: Spoleto Festival in Italy and the Noorderzon Festival in the Netherlands. He was apprentice director under master director Allen Coulter on BOARDWALK EMPIRE’S Fourth Season. He has helmed various music videos and shorts, one of which, SONNET23, screened in May 2015 at the Festival Cine Futuro in Salvador, Brazil. He also adapted and shot Chekhov’s 3Sisters with NYU Graduate Acting in the winter of 2018.
Regional live theatre credits include Glen Berger’s O LOVELY GLOWWORM (A.C.T.), UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL (Alley Theatre), as well as a workshop of Berger’s THE NEW FRONTIER (Berkley Rep). Regional premieres of OH THE HUMANITY and MR. MARMALADE (Stages Rep.), I AM MY OWN WIFE (Stages Rep), and his own radical adaptation of THE MOCK-TEMPEST (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). In New York, he helmed the 5-person staging of MACBETH for Mirror Rep and co-directed BALM IN GILEAD with the acclaimed Lake Lucille Company for whom he is also Associate Artistic Director. His production of WAITING FOR WAITING FOR GODOT won the Overall Excellence award at the New York Fringe Festival in 2013 and he directed GENERAL DESDEMONA in Edinburgh, Scotland for the International Fringe Theatre Festival. He has helmed workshops at NYTW, Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center Long Wharf, the Orchard Project and Space on Ryder Farm.
Alex’s own works have been staged at NYU in the MFA program over the last six years, where he has worked as an adjunct. For NYU/MFA he wrote and directed THE HUMANS ARE IN TROUBLE, CARELESS MARJORY, his own two-space adaptation of NABOKOV’S PALE FIRE and a co-adaptation of Peer Gynt with Keith Reddin called peer@me. He has taught as a guest lecturer in theatre and neuroscience at UCSD and UC Berkeley and is a member of Neurite – a program that pairs Columbia university neuroscientists and artists. In 2009 he worked with Michael Pollan adapting his BOTANY OF DESIRE into an Opera as a part of the Berkeley Arts Research Center initiative.
An accomplished musician and composter, Alex co-composed the live score for Buster Keaton's THE BALLOONATIC for The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, as well as a song for the 2016 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Documentary WEINER. Alex can be heard around NYC, New Orleans and Europe playing with his Dixieland band 5000 Jazz Assassins (www.5000jazzassassins.com). He can also be seen playing his mandolin nationally on Geico’s "Happier Than" campaign.