23 August 1974 |
Mannheim, West Germany
|Other names||Lexi Mirai|
|Occupation||Director, writer, producer, actress|
Lexi Alexander (born 23 August 1974) is a German-born film director and former World Point Fighting and Karate Champion. At the age of 19, she became world champion in both, retired from professional fighting and moved to the US, where she landed the part of Kitana in Mortal Kombat: Live Tour.
She continued to work as a stunt woman while studying acting and directing at the Piero Dusa Acting Conservatory and UCLA. Her first short film Johnny Flynton was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003.
Her first feature film Green Street was the only movie 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, the other nominated films were MirrorMask, Nine Lives, Up for Grabs and Opie Gets Laid. Having spent her childhood watching her family's favorite German soccer team Waldhof Mannheim, Lexi always had a fascination with the sport and its passionate fans. Inspired by these experiences, she co-wrote a screenplay with former-hooligan-turned-writer Dougie Brimson about the firm of West Ham United.
Alexander directed the late 2008 film Punisher: War Zone with Ray Stevenson as Frank Castle/The Punisher. 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, Lexi 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. Screen Media picked up distribution rights. Lexi has directed an episode of Anthony Zuiker's BlackBoxTV channel titled EXECUTION STYLE and continues to focus on screenwriting her own projects. She is represented by Mosaic in Los Angeles, United States.
- "KeramCast.com podcast interview with Lexi Alexander". Retrieved 2012-11-15.
- Black Belt Vol. 41, No. 6 (June 2003)
- von Busack, Richard (March 8, 2006). "Sunnyvale". Metroactive. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
- 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 interview and photoshoot