Aleksandar Kostic is a genre-blending film director, cinematographer, writer, and producer based in New York City. His visionary films often draw upon close collaboration with diverse artists and performers, such as Marina Abramovic, Joan La Barbara, Morton Subotnick, and others.
His distinctive cinematography style has been praised by the New York Times, LA Times, and Hollywood Reporter, for films such as Allure, and documentaries showcasing Secretary-General of the U.N., Javier Perez de Cuellar, and former owner CBGB's, Hilly Kristal. Aleksander's award-winning work has been screened internationally at the PÖFF Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Museum of the Moving Image with Queens World Film Festival, Anthology archive NYC, Big Apple Film Festival, and the Balkan New Film Festival in Sweden.
At MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin Kostic's experimental film Persistence of Memory open a music festival celebrating the 100th birth of John Cage.
His current project, the feature film “Capio,” is a sci-fi drama that also offers a sharp social commentary on the impact of the unprecedented infiltration of technology into our daily lives.
by Kostic Films LLC (Sci-Fi) Director/Cinematographer/Producer An amateur astronomer discovers a strange new star in the sky that leads him into the heart of a dark conspiracy to control humanity by exploiting its addiction to technology.
Film (short) by Kostic Films LLC (Drama and Short) Director/Cinematographer/Producer LOGLINE While in lockdown in New York City, a photographer slowly falls prey to the prison of his own mind. Director Statement: “Artsanity” is a short suspense film that sprang from dwelling on the growing uncertainty during the early stages of Covid-19 pandemic. I was thinking of how to keep my mind clear and strong and I decided to photograph the metamorphosis of NYC almost every night, starting at midnight, as part of my own artistic salvation. As a New Yorker I’ve always been comfortable with this city and its people, but this time my experience was different. During that time, standing on the empty streets of a silenced city, I sensed that there was an enormous shift and that the change was coming. At the beginning, I felt scared, vulnerable and haunted, being on my own on the lonely, dark streets but then, night after night, the city acquired a magical dimension – I almost adopted the city like an urban orphan, with its own wounds and suppressed pulsation. I was in deep pain and the streets’ quietness started to pull me in. I wanted to talk to these giant, solid buildings to hear their stories. I gradually started to feel at ease. After several weeks of endlessly cruising the city’s desolate streets in the night, I was convinced that I would like to somehow transfer this unique inner experience into a visual form. Those same thoughts were growing on me every night until I shared my experience with my co-writer. “Artsanity” film was born.
Film (short) by Kostic Films LLC (Fantasy, Mystery and Short) Director / Producer / Cinematographer An artist Joseph Cornell immerses himself in the music of Debussy as he makes his art, watching his creation slowly come alive. At the same time, a dream is visiting Cornell, influencing his thoughts and decisions, and guiding him on how to complete his artwork. The experience leaves the viewer uncertain and unnerved regarding where the real world begins and ends. It's almost as if there is a parallel universe mirroring our life on Earth-or perhaps it is the other way around-and it is the dream that expands like a bridge to connect those universes. This film "Parallel Dreams" was made in between the original "Parallel Dreams" performances, and made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and donations from Materials for the Arts.
Film by Kostic Films LLC / Sura Films (Drama) Producer/Cinematographer Based on true stories, ALLURE is a process-driven film, where filmmakers and actors worked together through a series of improvisations to tell the stories of five women in New York, who come from five very different countries. Each one struggles to overcome her personal conflict, set against the Occupy Wall Street movements of 2011. These stories touch and inform each other, and create a larger narrative about gender, emigration, power, class, and personal politics. Written by Anonymous
Parallel Dreams (Live Performance)
Theater Director I wanted to challenge myself to create a film and live performance at the same time, where the performance could not be produced without scripting and planning of the film. These two elements would have to be different and yet reflect the same thing : a possible life in multiple universes that we maybe experiancing.
Persistence of Memory
Film (short) by Kostic Films LLC (Mystery and Short) Director / Cinematographer ALEKSANDAR KOSTIC'S FILM "PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY" WITH JOAN LA BARBARA'S ORIGINAL MUSIC PREMIERED IN BERLIN, GERMANY ON THE OPENING NIGHT OF MAERZMUSIC FESTIVAL 17. MARCH 2012 "CAGE AND CONSEQUENCES", CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF JOHN CAGE'S BIRTH, AS PART OF THE LIVE PERFORMANCE BY JOAN LA BARBARA AND NE(X)TWORKS. JOAN LA BARBARA PRESENTED ALEKSANDAR KOSTIC WITH THE CHANCE PROCEDURES IDEA, INSPIRED BY THE COLLABORATION PROCESS OF COMPOSER JOHN CAGE AND CHOREOGRAPHER MERCE CUNNINGHAM ) TO CREATE AN EVENT IN WHICH THE FILM AND MUSIC WOULD BE PRODUCED SEPARATELY AND PLAYED AND PROJECTED SIMULTANEOUSLY FOR THE FIRST TIME ON OPENING NIGHT IN BERLIN. THE ONLY RULES THAT JOAN AND ALEKSANDAR SET BEFORE COLLABORATING ON THIS PROJECT WERE THAT THE FILM AND MUSIC SHOULD EACH HAVE A DURATION OF 30 MINUTES, AND THAT ALEKSANDAR WOULD NOT EVEN HEAR JOAN'S MUSIC UNTIL THE OPENING NIGHT IN BERLIN. WHEN YOU BUY FILM YOU WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH BOTH FULL FILM AND LIVE PERFORMANCE.
Film (short) by Kostic Films LLC (Fantasy, Mystery, Music and Short) Director / Cinematographer The ghost of Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch returns to Greenwich House, the community settlement she founded over a century earlier, and roams through the musical landscape that now thrives there.
A Tomb for Boris Davidovich
Film by Kostic Films LLC (Adventure, Crime, Drama, Animation and 1 More) Director Film is inspired from Danilo Kis's book "A Tomb for Boris Davidovich" and historical events that deal with themes of political deception, betrayal, and murder in Eastern Europe during the first half of the 20th century.
The World of Vija Vetra
Film by Kostic Films LLC (Documentary) Director / Producer/ Cinematorgapher This documentary tells the fascinating story of Vija Vetra, a world-renowned Latvian dancer, choreographer and teacher. At the age of 84, Vetra remains a vital and creative force, and her tale offers inspiration for both artists and lovers of the arts. In a career spanning seven decades, she has mastered diverse styles ranging from ballet to traditional Indian dance, and her talent has won her acclaim as a 'spirit in human form' and 'the bridge between East and West.' Her life is a celebration of the power and beauty of the art of dance, but is also a powerful story of struggle, loneliness and sacrifice. Her creative , positive spirit stands alone against a materialistic world that is constantly changing. Her wise soul, her point of view and criticism towards the modern world push us to think about secret meanings, symbols and the simplicity of life.
Single: A Documentary Film
Video (Documentary and Romance) Cinematographer 100 million adults in America are single and for the first time ever, the majority of US households are now headed by an unmarried person. "Single" - a documentary film, explores the growth of the unmarried population and the complexities of finding and maintaining a lasting relationship in today's crazy world. The game has dramatically changed. Written by Richard Atkinson / Jane Scandurra
Film (Drama and Thriller) Producer A narrator introduces several characters as we watch events unfold from various vantages: Vanya is a Yugoslavian, adrift after his country's breakup. He's a hitman, now in New York. Anna is a physician, European, in New York after volunteer work in Bosnia. Dirk is a policeman, Anna's boyfriend, seemingly on temporary leave. Vanya's on what's to be a simple job, no violence, an exchange in a hotel. He arrives to find a dead body. He takes the case he's to pick up. Has he been set up? A murderer seems to be right behind him. Anna, in the hotel to see a patient, becomes his hostage while Dirk waits for her outside, ignorant of the deaths nearby. Can Dirk find Anna? What else is going on?
Film (Drama and Short) Director Room is a symbol, a parallel to the human world. Many years ago, an elderly man lived in the Room. After the loss of his wife, his deep sadness and loneliness that surrounded him resulted the room to become alive and his friend. Over time Room's spirit is fades, without communication from those living within its walls.
Walk of Life
Film (Short) Director / Cinematographer Examines the circle of life and the mystery of our existence. We struggle to overcome destiny, but in the end our souls return to the same source that first gave us life.
"Outstanding Conceptual Peace" New School University Film Festival