Alex Ross Perry
|Alex Ross Perry|
July 14, 1984 |
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
|Occupation||film director, screenwriter, actor, editor|
|Years active||2009 - present|
Perry was raised in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where he worked on a local television news program during high school. After graduating, he moved to New York City to attend NYU. 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, where he met many of the cast and crew members who would later work on his films, including director of photography Sean Price Williams. He was influenced by Philip Roth, Vincent Gallo, Jerry Lewis, and Thomas Pynchon.
Perry's first feature, Impolex, premiered in 2009. Made on a budget of $15,000 and shot on 16mm film stock, the film is an absurdist comedy inspired by Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow. The film was released theatrically in 2011.
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, 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 and Village Voice polls, and placed 12th in a similar poll conducted by Film Comment. It was released theatrically on May 18, 2012.
Perry's next film project is a comedy titled Listen Up Philip, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival which is set to begin production in New York City in the summer of 2013. It will be Perry's first film to be shot in the Super 16mm format.
- Renninger, Bryce J. FUTURES | "The Color Wheel" Director Alex Ross Perry Says Kim's Video Was Better Than NYU. Indiewire.
- Lim, Dennis. Literary Influences, Personal Pathologies. The New York Times.
- Erickson, Steve. An Interview with Alex Ross Perry. LA Weekly.
- Stewart, Henry. Alex Ross Perry Names His Favorite Incest Movies. The L Magazine.
- Impolex (2009) at IMDb.
- Kohn, Eric. "The Color Wheel" Tops Indiewire's List of Best Undistributed Films; Other Films Tie For Top Spots. Indiewire.
- Village Voice Film Poll 2011: Best Undistributed Film. The Village Voice.
- Film Comment's Best Unreleased Movies of 2011. Film Comment.
- Kohn, Eric. "Spirit Nominee Alex Ross Perry Discusses New HBO Project 'The Traditions,' His Next Feature and Life After 'The Color Wheel'. Indiewire.