Joseph F. Alexandre (WGAw)- Writer/Director Joseph was born in Manhasset, NY and currently lives in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Marquette University, with a BA majoring in Political Science. Alexandre has directed several shorts and narrative and documentary features starting with Psychotropic Overload, a psychological thriller in the vein of Jodowrowsky or E. Elais Merhige. In Hock and Staying There is a narrative/doc hybrid about a no-budget Indie's filmmaker's vexing path to sustainability and success, but instead leads to a gradual descent into insanity. Into The Chasm which comes under the guise of a thriller, but is really a meditative piece on the nature of gun violence in the U.S. and offers in it's subtext a few possible reasons why. And, the truncated short version of Into the Chasm entitled Shadow Play, which stars noted stage actor and screenwriter John Crowther (co-wrote Charles Bronson film The Evil That Men Do) and son of legendary New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther. In Hock and Staying There got indie gurus' John & Janet Pierson’s attention (Janet is currently chief executive of the SxSW Film Fest) and prompted the Piersons to commission, The Real Casino, for their show Split Screen for IFC/ Bravo, where The Blair Witch Project and American Movie originated.
The full- length version Back Home Years Ago: The Real Casino aired on Image Union, WTTW Channel 11, the Chicago PBS affiliate. It has screened in some 25 festivals worldwide and is included on the TF 1 Collector’s Edition 3 disc DVD of Casino in France and all French speaking territories. It was released in the U.S. on DVD with several versions, deleted scenes, and extra interview footage and is available at amazon, netflix, and Blockbuster.com. The film has appeared on IFC, Bravo, PBS, Time-Warner cable, Moviola cable in Canada, as well as being licensed by French media giant TF 1, Delta Airlines, and Air Canada. The Real Casino is an impressionistic, de- glamorization of the Hollywood mob film, removing a bit of the sheen B-independent.com said, "it's scarier than anything in Casino or GoodFellas....", efilmcritic described it as, "a primer for Indie filmmakers..."
Alexandre is developing the aforementioned short film into a feature called WiseAcre with the attachment of Jonas Ball (The Killing of John Lennon, The Blind, and The Objective), and has written several other narrative scripts, some at studio level. In addition to his Independent film work, he has worked on larger budgeted films like the BMW Film series, The Hire, specifically, Ticker, which was directed by Joe Carnahan and starred Don Cheadle, Ray Liotta, and Clive Owen. Continuing his collaboration with Carnahan, Alexandre was commissioned by Film Engine and New Line Cinema to write a script for Joe Carnahan to direct.
Most recently, Alexandre wrote and directed the award winning documentary, Warriors of the Discotheque: The Starck Club Documentary, that premiered at the USA Film Festival in Dallas as well as Holly Shorts, New Filmmakers- Anthology Film Archives, Moors Bar screening series in London, UK and Queer Fruits Film Festival in Australia. The film is about the notorious Starck Club (so called because it was the first major project designed by Philippe Starck in North America, it put him on the map in the US.) The Starck Club opened in Dallas in 1984 and not long after hosted the 1984 national Republican Convention in the form of a “Starcktari” party complete with baby elephant. Ironically, it was actually legal to buy MDMA, aka ecstasy there, people would put it on their credit cards. The DEA stepped in and made it a category 1 drug on July 1, 1985... The Club would become ground zero for the entire rave/ecstasy scene. In addition, the club had a significant hand in introducing LGBT culture to the heart of Texas. The doc is being developed into a narrative episodic for cable, with a complete pilot and series bible. His website www.jfafilms.com and his work can be seen on Fandor: http://fan.do/r/2dp
Alexandre is currently repped by Michael Lewis & Associates and a current member in good standing of the WGA west.
Name: Joseph F. Alexandre
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: JFA Films
Occupation: Director, Producer and Screenwriter
Special Audience Award (Warriors of the Discotheque) USA FF Dallas, TX
Best Documentary (The Real Casino) click-flick tv online film festival
The Early Inauguration
Film (Drama and Short) Director What happens when a newly elected President of the US takes office? Is he given an orientation, if you will? Is he possibly coerced or influenced to tone down his ambitious campaign rhetoric or vision for the country by the 'powers that be'? Is 'Hope and Change' muted somewhat by the fact that the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government don't have the mandate our founding fathers intended? These issues confront newly elected President Michael Liebman: a fictional cross between Obama, Paul Wellstone, but with a financial background more akin to Jon Corzine. He has a vision for how to re-make and fix the dysfunction inside the beltway. However, there's a consortium of powerful folks, who even helped get him elected, that have other conflicting ideas. In the peculiar 6 week period between when he's won the election but before he takes actual office, the President elect is making a thank you speech to his donor base in LA, and raising money for the DNC of course. Under ...
The Starck Club Documentary-The Final Cut
Film (Documentary, History and Music) Director Sex, Drugs, Design: Warriors of the Discotheque, is a feature doc about the beginning of the whole rave/ecstasy scene. The film is about the legendary Starck Club, which happened to be a nightclub that was the first design in North America by the now Iconic designer Philippe Starck and in which it was perfectly legal to purchase and use MDMA (ecstasy). Written by Anonymous
Warriors of the Discotheque: The Starck Club Documentary Short Version
Film (Documentary) Director The notorious Starck Club in Dallas, TX was Philippe Starck's first major design in N. America and ground zero for the popularization of the designer drug MDMA aka Ecstasy.
Film (Short and Thriller) Director A hit man gets the job to go see the "girl downtown", he gets dressed in drag, gets accosted by a horny drunk whom he quickly dispenses of, and surprises the 'girl' with a few tricks up his sleeve. Only it turns out she may be holding the ace in the deck. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short and Thriller) Director Mike Nelson (Kurt Mattsen)is a young aspiring actor who is introduced by a friend to a mysterious gentleman named Mr. Christian (John Crowther). Mr. Christian explains he has a grant to research ang quantify creativity. What seperates an ordinary painter from Picasso, an ordinary scribe from Fitzgerald, etc. and what if one could harness and tap into that creativity?In exchange for Mike's participation he is promised an entree into the theatre world as Mr. christian can call upon his wide array of connections in the art world due to his studies thus far. All Mike has to do is watch and read some videos and essays he's been given and respond with some sort of improvizational monologue. Things begin well enough for Mike as he has been called back on some auditions, however, the materials he has been presented leave a lasting an unwanted impression. He feels he may even be programmed somehow. Even more disturbing is that Mike has reason to believe several of the programs past ... Written by Anonymous
Untitled Will Wright Project
Film by FilmEngine, New Line Cinema Writer
Back Home Years Ago: The Real Casino
Documentary by IFC/Bravo, TF 1, JFA Films Writer/Director
God Save the Queen
Film (Documentary and Short) Director God Save The Queen starts as a lyrical, meditative appreciation of the beauty of California's central coast and quickly shifts into an explosive polemic charged with political overtones about current US foreign policy in Iraq and recent world events and how the two are inextricably linked. Written by Jfa
Film (Short, Action and Adventure) Miscellaneous Crew Storming down a serpentine road, the Driver and his secretive passenger with a mysterious briefcase cuffed to his wrist, are desperately trying to evade the incessant attacks of a military helicopter. Risking life and limb, the Driver refuses to be in the dark any longer, however, all he needs to know is that the outcome of this mission may preserve peace. Written by Nick Riganas
Television Director Split Screen is an irreverent, sly, magazine format show which looks at the tremendous diversity within the world of independent filmmaking in the United States. Created, written and hosted by long-time producer/talent scout John Pierson, this half hour television series breaks through all the highbrow stuff to illustrate why independent moviemaking is so much fun. Pierson travels all over the country with noted actors and filmmakers, many of whom he helped discover. On Split Screen you will see: -Producer/Director/Actor Kevin Smith Uncensored-a rare in depth interview AND as a guest host of Split Screen -Cooking with actor Christopher Walken -Actors Matt Damon and Edward Norton using their film experience at the "World Series of Poker" -The man behind the original "Godzilla" monster -An archaeological dig to uncover filmmaker Cecil B Demille's buried movie set in the Los Angeles desert -A young filmmaker crashing his car in order to financing his film with the insurance money. -The ... Written by Anonymous
The Devil Takes a Holiday
Film (Comedy and Fantasy) Producer A rambuctious ride thru American culture. The nouveau-riche meet The Prince of Darkness in this outlandish fable for the politically incorrect.A family's holiday weekend is turned upside-down in this wicked comedy from filmmaker Leon Corcos Written by Anonymous
Film Director Steven Callahan is a well respected therapist who has just taken on a new patient named Christian. Christian is an aspiring fashion photographer who suffers from a series of bizarre and violent fantasies. As the fantasizes become more vivid Steven becomes more suspicious. Simultaneously, foul mouth detective Tim Poroski is faced with a series of bizarre disappearances of several male models. As the plot tightens Steven and Christian become involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse that leads to a wildly unpredictable conclusion. Written by sub rosa
Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)