Alex Ross Perry

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Alex Ross Perry
Alex Ross Perry (12064383223).jpg
Born (1984-07-14) July 14, 1984 (age 30)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania[1]
Occupation film director, screenwriter, actor, editor
Years active 2009 - present

Alex Ross Perry (born 14 July 1984) is an American film director, screenwriter and actor.


Perry was raised in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where he worked on a local television news program during high school.[1] After graduating, he moved to New York City to attend NYU.[1][2] He graduated from NYU's film program in 2006. From 2005 to 2007, Perry worked at the East Village-based video store Kim's Video,[1][2][3] where he met many of the cast and crew members who would later work on his films, including director of photography Sean Price Williams.[1][2][3] He was influenced by Philip Roth,[4][2] Vincent Gallo,[4][2] Jerry Lewis,[4][2] and Thomas Pynchon.[2]

Perry's first feature, Impolex, premiered in 2009. Made on a budget of $15,000[5] and shot on 16mm film stock, the film is an absurdist comedy inspired by Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow.[2] The film was released theatrically in 2011.[5]

Perry's second feature, The Color Wheel, premiered at festivals in 2011. The film, a dark screwball comedy influenced by the work of Philip Roth,[1][4][2] was co-written by Perry with Carlen Altman; the two also played the lead roles in the film. The film was named the best undistributed film of 2011 by the Indiewire[6] and Village Voice[7] polls, and placed 12th in a similar poll conducted by Film Comment.[8] It was released theatrically on May 18, 2012.

Perry's next film, a comedy titled Listen Up Philip, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival[9] in 2014. It was his first film to be shot in the Super 16mm format.[9]

Perry recently acted in Bob Byington's film 7 Chinese Brothers, which will be released in 2015.