Alexander Leiss

Alexander Leiss

Screenwriter and Producer

New York City, New York

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About Alexander

I am a filmmaker who has worked on dozens of film sets in various roles, served as the writer on seven completed short films, and produced three documentaries, which I both filmed and edited. My films have screened at festivals across the Northeast and California and have garnered awards for Best Screenplay and Best Picture. Currently, I am developing two feature films for production in 2021.


  • Relevé

    Relevé (2015 - 2016)
    Film (short) by Brenden Gregory Writer A dancer lost in a state of emotional turmoil must move on from a past relationship to rise again.

  • The Crickets and The Hawk

    The Crickets and The Hawk (2016)
    Film (short) by Brenden Gregory Writer As a man's job takes him from door to door in collection of individuals' financial debts, he tunes in to a radio interview focused on morality.

  • A Taste of Revenge

    A Taste of Revenge (2015)
    Film by Hillary Hawkins (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew

  • Sherri's Black Sin

    Sherri's Black Sin (2015)
    Film by Hillary Hawkins (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew

  • Five and Five

    Five and Five (2015)
    Film by Alexander Leiss (Documentary) Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer For the Campolindo Cougar football team, the 2014 season was filled with a number of uncertainties. With sights set on a fourth consecutive league title, a playoff berth, and a chance at a late season run, the Cougars always looked to have one more week together as a team.

  • Banners in the Sky

    Banners in the Sky (2015)
    Film by Alexander Leiss (Documentary) Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer For the Campolindo Cougar football team, typical has never been a part of the strategy. Ever since Coach Macy joined Campolindo 19 years ago, the culture and traditions have constantly grown, as have the number of wins. After a historic year in 2011, the Cougars continue to flourish one quirky tradition after another. Written by Alexander Leiss

  • The Way We Were

    The Way We Were (2015)
    Film (short) by Alexander Leiss (Documentary) Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer A lot happens over the course of a 67 year marriage: a couple of kids are born, a son deserts a family after a failed marriage, a wife loses her mind to dementia, a husband loses his body to diabetes, and a daughter watches everything unfold as she forms a family of her own.

  • Painted Pictures

    Painted Pictures (2015)
    Film (short) by Jared Biunno (Drama) Production designer, Writer A boy's memory of his father is preserved through the stories his grandpa tells at the dinner table.

  • Ember

    Ember (2015)
    Film (short) by Brenden Gregory (Drama) Production designer When a fatal choice ends a broken relationship, a husband and wife are left with the memory of the flame that ignited it.

  • Fallout

    Fallout (2015)
    Film (short) by Ethan Alexis Scarduzio (Drama) Production designer FALLOUT is the story of a young couple, Dawn and Jude, who face unimaginable obstacles. The United States is about to experience an imminent nuclear disaster. While Jude grapples with the external crisis of impending doom, Dawn must come to terms with an internal crisis of her own. Because of Jude's apparent anxiety, Dawn feels she must carry her secret alone as they make their way to a fallout shelter in an attempt to save themselves. FALLOUT is a film that reverses the modern conventions of gender roles in Hollywood cinema, and champions the strength of women and femininity. The people Dawn and Jude encounter and the night they spend together reveal the power of love and resilience in the face of destruction.

  • Her Voice

    Her Voice (2015)
    Film (short) by Brenden Gregory (Drama) Writer

  • Dead Meat

    Dead Meat (2014)
    Film (short) by Ethan Alexis Scarduzio (Action and Comedy) Production Assistant A gritty dark comedy inspired by classic action films, two hitmen face an ethical dilemma when they shoot the wrong guy.

  • One Past

    One Past (2014)
    Film (short) by Juli Kobayashi (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Reeling after a tragic twist of fate, a young woman is visited by a vivacious spirit.

  • Stuck for a Reason

    Stuck for a Reason (2014)
    Film (short) by Larry Rosen (Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Production Assistant Lydia thought she knew it all. Who she was, what she wanted, and was on the fast track to get all of it. Until one day, on her way to make a huge presentation, she gets stuck in an elevator with Jerome: a rapping, obnoxious, thug. As Lydia begins to fear for both her safety and her career, Jerome changes her beliefs and grasp of reality itself.

  • Appropriate Behavior

    Appropriate Behavior (2014)
    Film by Desiree Akhavan (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Production Design Assistant For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't know she's bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can't understand why she doesn't tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother's betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine. Written by Sundance Film Festival


  • All Sports LA Film Festival: Finalist, Best Student Documentary

  • 48 Hour Film Project, New York City: Best Use of Character

  • Spring 2015 Binghamton Film 48: Best Screenplay

  • California Independent Film Festival: Director's Choice

  • Accolade Global Film Competition: Award of Recognition

  • Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting: Finalist


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