Alec Jhangiani began working in film in 2005 when he joined would-be Terrence Malick producer Nicolas Gonda and editor A.J. Edwards in a statewide search throughout Texas to cast the three lead boys in the Palme d’Or winning film THE TREE OF LIFE. During production, he worked in Jack Fisk’s art department as a production assistant. In 2010, Jhangiani worked directly with producers Gonda and Sarah Green as a consultant on Malick’s next film TO THE WONDER.
His working relationship with Gonda continues today and includes the short film they produced called SHERMAN AND PACIFICO, featuring the voice of Javier Bardem as Pacifico, and the feature film A COUNTRY CALLED HOME starring Imogen Poots, Academy Award-nominee June Squibb and featuring music by Academy Award-winner Ryan Bingham. Alec is an Executive Producer on the film, which premiered in the U.S. Narrative Feature Competition at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival presented by Film Independent.
In 2011, Jhangiani produced the short film KNIFE, directed by James Johnston (Producer: AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, LISTEN UP PHILLIP), edited by David Lowery (Writer/Director: AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE’S DRAGON), and starring Charles Baker (BREAKING BAD). The film screened at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival as well as the Sidewalk, Hamptons, and Rooftop Film Festivals. Jhangiani’s first effort as a director, the 2012 short film EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS, was written and produced by Johnston and screened at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Contemporary Austin: Jones Center and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Jhangiani was the Director of Programming for the inaugural Lone Star Film Festival (LSFF) in 2007 and was eventually named Director of the Lone Star Film Society, Inc. (LSFS) in 2011. In this role he worked directly with the board of directors in fulfilling all responsibilities of a 501(c)(3) Executive Director.
During that time (2011-2015) the LSFF was included on MovieMaker Magazine’s list of 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, for the first time and for three consecutive years, out of 5,000 festivals worldwide. In 2013 and 2014 it was included in The New York Times’ “Most Interesting Things To Do” in Texas for that week. Collectively, the films included in the LSFF lineups from 2011-2014 went on to be nominated for 53 Academy Awards.
Those LSFF lineups provided Fort Worth audiences their first, and some times only, opportunity to see films like THE DESCENDANTS, THE ARTIST, SHAME, THE TURIN HORSE, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY, PARIAH, ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, A ROYAL AFFAIR, NEBRASKA, LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON, MARWENCOL, TIM’S VERMEER, LEVIATHAN, THE IMITATION GAME, MR. TURNER, NATIONAL GALLERY, IT FOLLOWS, THE TRIBE, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, WILD, WINTER SLEEP and more.
From 2011-2015, the LSFS also launched a year-round repertory film series called ArthouseFW, filmmaking workshops with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, as well as a marketing and distribution mentorship program for filmmakers with feature length films in the Lone Star Film Festival.
Name: Alec Jhangiani
Lives in: Dallas, Texas
Company: 9 Pound Pictures, LLC
Occupation: Film Festival Director and Producer
A COUNTRY CALLED HOME
Film Executive Producer
SHERMAN AND PACIFICO
Film (short) Producer
Film (short) Director/Editor/Actor
TO THE WONDER
Film Production Consultant
Film (short) Producer
THE TREE OF LIFE
Film Art Department Production Assistant