Harper Alexander's upbringing in rural Maine couldn't have been farther removed from showbiz, but his passion for filmmaking has led him to become an accomplished young director of photography.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Alexander creates bold, cutting-edge imagery in narrative, music video and commercial formats.
His work was recognized by the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers which awarded him the 2014 Heritage Award for his cinematography on the short film Starlight.
Film (short) by Alex Thompson (Drama, Horror, Thriller and War) Camera and Electrical Department, Cinematographer Vietnam, 1968. A rogue colonel on the brink of madness and his hapless platoon find themselves facing off against a young Vietnamese girl with some terrifying abilities.
Night of the Living Deb
Film by Kyle Rankin (Comedy, Horror and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department After a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She's thrilled, but she can't remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door... into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life... is trusting them with your heart. Written by Charley Mae
Film (short) by Alex Thompson (Fantasy) Cinematographer On a lazy summer evening, a young boy's overactive imagination yields some unexpected - and otherworldly - visitors.
Death Row Mama
Film (short) by Alex Thompson (Music) Cinematographer
Film (short) by Preston Lane Jeter (Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Sid Jameson's only escape from a destitute life of hard labor in rural North Carolina was his grandmother's motorcycle repair shop. While in her care, Sid learned the art of motorcycle maintenance and that his grandmother's love could help soften the blow of parental neglect. Sid found himself behind bars, leaving his ailing grandmother in the care of his deadbeat dad. Haunted by the thought that the woman who rescued him would now die alone in hospice, Sid had only one mission upon his release: to rescue his grandmother and grant her a dying wish even if that means giving up his own life. Written by Sydney.Jamison
The Reincarnation Of Ms. Barabe
Film (short) by Peter Bowlin (Comedy and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department After the sudden loss of her single mother, Dakota Barabe finds a gerbil inhabiting the late Ms. Barabe's trailer. Could this be her Mama, back from the Void as a furry omen? Will the trailer park hottie Jackson finally notice Dakota?
As the Crow Flies
Film by Jacob P. LaGuardia (Adventure, Drama and Family) Camera and Electrical Department A modern-day bootlegging story about a brother (Boe) and sister (Bird) trying to make ends meet for their family. It is accepted that Bird and Boe are the best 'leggers in the mountains. They are hired by a group of bank robbers to 'leg stolen money across county lines avoiding the police, FBI, and rival bootleggers. They overcome all odds to give hope at a better life for their family. Written by Anonymous
Beyond the Blue
Film by Kevin Richmond (Documentary, Biography, Family and News) Cinematographer An fascinating documentary that studies the personal and artistic journeys of twelve NC-based filmmakers as they attempt to overcome all obstacles and go beyond the blue to inspire the world through their films. Each uniquely gifted , equally passionate, and fiercely independent.
Film (short) by Lazarus Dance (Crime and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department After being apart for most of their lives, two childhood friends are reunited under dangerous circumstances when one kidnaps the other.
Film (short) by Matthew Pickett (Action, Drama and Western) Camera and Electrical Department A young man must cope with the recent death of his older brother who has been killed in alleged self-defense by a neighbor.
Film (short) by Alex Thompson (Drama, Family, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer A daughter struggles to come to terms with her mother's sacrifice when a cosmic darkness threatens to destroy all living things on Earth.
Film (short) by Alex Thompson (Music) Cinematographer A man realizes the monster he's become through addiction. Finding his bearings and taking back what's born to right, he breaks all barriers by smashing the image mirrored back at him.
Film (short) by Julie Zografos Koegl (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department After a brutal accident, a young man must make a fateful decision about his newly-adopted son.
Film (short) by Alex Thompson (Drama and War) Cinematographer Harmon and Wendel are two WWII concentration camp escapees chained together at the wrist. Their run for freedom is halted when they mistakenly step on a land mine. Unable to run and bearing a mutual animosity toward one another, an unexpected bond soon emerges - A bond that unites them as they await their fate. Written by Anonymous
Like the Water
Film by Caroline von Kuhn (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Like the Water follows Charlie, a young journalist, as she returns to her hometown of Camden, Maine to write the eulogy for her best friend, Katherine. Charlie's assignment unearths deep feelings of guilt at not having been a better friend, which only fuel her long-standing resentment toward Katherine's girlfriend. On the eve of the memorial they are forced to confrontation, and Charlie goes too far. She must learn to pick up the pieces when words are not enough. This project was co-written by Caitlin FitzGerald (It's Complicated, Newlyweds, Taking Woodstock) and Caroling von Kuhn, the film's star and director respectively. It was produced, shot, and edited by a team of young women filmmakers on a micro-budget. Written by Emily Best
Come See Paradise
Film (short) by Alex Thompson (Sci-Fi) Cinematographer Living in an apocalyptic wasteland with his abusive mother, a boy finds an unusual escape from the torments of day-to-day life in this allegorical tale of finding hope in the face of stark adversity.
The Bells of Frankenberg
Film (short) by Zach Strum (Action, Drama and War) Camera and Electrical Department Spring 1945, Frankenberg, Germany. An American soldier is forced to choose between honoring his country and honoring his heart.
The Man from Outer Space
Film (short) by Ben Hall (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department
Film (short) by Christopher Frith (Adventure) Camera and Electrical Department When a mysterious bird steals the precious golden fruit of poor hardworking farmer Berendey, he sends his least favorite son Ivan on a journey to find and capture it. During his travels, Ivan learns that the benign bird is enslaved and controlled by the evil King Koshei, a terrible tyrant who has bewitched his Kingdom and enslaved his people. Ivan must find and defeat him to free the kingdom and retrieve the Firebird, thus proving himself to his father. Written by Anonymous
American Society of Cinematographers Heritage Award
University of North Carolina School of the Arts