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.
- "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.
- 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