23 August 1974 |
Mannheim, West Germany
|Other names||Lexi Mirai|
|Occupation||Director, writer, producer, actress|
In 1993, at the age of 19, she became world champion in both point fighting and karate. She then retired from professional fighting and moved to the US, where she landed the part of Kitana in Mortal Kombat: Live Tour.
Alexander continued to work as a stunt woman while studying acting and directing at the Piero Dusa Acting Conservatory and UCLA. The first short film she directed, Johnny Flynton, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003.
Having spent her childhood watching her family's favorite German soccer team Waldhof Mannheim, Alexander always had a fascination with the sport and its passionate fans. Inspired by these experiences, she co-wrote a screenplay with a former soccer hooligan turned writer, Dougie Brimson, about the firm of West Ham United. She directed the feature film of their screenplay, entitled Green Street. Released in 2005, the film was the only one in the history of the South by Southwest festival to win both the audience and Jury award. Furthermore, it nominated for the William Shatner Golden Groundhog Award for Best Underground Movie.[relevant? ]
Alexander then directed the late 2008 film Punisher: War Zone with Ray Stevenson in the leading role. The movie failed to deliver at the box office, but comedian Patton Oswalt became an avid fan of the film and publicized it on blogs, podcasts and at his Deeper into the Darkness Film Festival, where audiences lined up around the block to screen the film. It soon turned into a cult hit and several news outlets have since then blamed the studio's marketing department for the movie's financial failure.
Disappointed about her first studio experience, Alexander wrote and directed the spiritual movie Lifted (2011), which The Power of Now author Eckhart Tolle praised as "A beautiful story—uplifting, inspiring and healing."[this quote needs a citation] Screen Media Films picked up distribution rights.
In June 2014, Alexander made controversial comments on the topic of digital piracy in a blog post on her official website, criticising the anti-piracy actions of Hollywood, as well as its general "lack of diversity" and gender and racial inequalities that she notes exist in Hollywood, referencing articles from both the UCLA and other news/opinion sites. Alexander, however, made it clear that she does not endorse piracy. In fact, she noted that key individuals in the piracy scene, such as Kim Dotcom are "not Robin Hoods", saying in the case of Dotcom: "he's got a big house, a lot of luxury cars and all kinds of other toys [...] This is unfortunate, because in a way it makes him just like the Hollywood elite". She also mentioned about The Pirate Bay's assocciation with Carl Lundström - a Swedish businessman who financed the right-wing Swedish Progress Party, which later merged with the Sweden Democrats (The Pirate Bay accepted funding for their servers from Lundström). Despite a clear criticism of both Hollywood and its anti-piracy agenda and key figures in the pro-piracy scene, as well as clarifying that she does not endorse piracy, she stated "[t]here's a real opportunity for someone to come in and turn our industry into something better". She finalised her post with a daring picture of her holding up a sign reading, "Free Peter Sunde Now", in reference to his prison sentence as part of The Pirate Bay trial.
- "KeramCast.com podcast interview with Lexi Alexander". Retrieved 2012-11-15.
- Black Belt Vol. 41, No. 6 (June 2003)
- "OSCAR FILMS; Forecasts and Favorites: the Critics Weigh In". New York Times. 9 March 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
- Tyler, Joshua (January 10, 2006). "Shatner Gets His Own Award". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
- Libbenga, Jan (May 7, 2007). "The Pirate Bay admits links with right-wing benefactor". The Register. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
- Alexander, Lexi (June 1, 2014). "Will the Real Pirates Please Stand Up". Retrieved 2014-08-06.
- Official website
- Lexi Alexander at the Internet Movie Database
- Factory-publishing.com audio interview and photoshoot
- Comic Book Resources interview—on challenges faced by female directors
- TorrentFreak.com - articles of Alexander's comments on digital piracy