Alex Anthony made her first film, Morning Born Blindly in 1977, as part of her post-graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A twenty-minute documentary about a blind couple having their third child at home with the help of lay midwives, it won top awards at the Ann Arbor and Toronto Super-8 Film Festivals.
Since then, Alex’s films have taken an even more personal turn. Alex is of Greek descent and spent her childhood in Athens, Greece, her adolescence in London, England, and came to the U.S. to attend Wellesley College and study Art History. Belonging to two cultures has always meant being both participant and observer for Alex, and her deep interest in people and their stories found expression in non-fiction filmmaking.
Alex is currently working on a trilogy of films with the theme of a family in crisis at their center - true stories which are stranger than any fiction. The first of these, award-winning YAYA, was completed in 1984, and was shown in festivals internationally. Nearing completion is IN LIGHT OF LUCAS, a film Alex has shot over several decades. The third film, THREE POMEGRANATE SEEDS, will soon be in post-production. Alex is particularly intrigued by the parallels of these contemporary stories with Greek myth and tragedy – it’s in her DNA.
A true independent filmmaker, Alex directs, produces, shoots, records sound, edits, writes, and narrates her own work.
Alex was also a film, video, and Avid editor for over twenty years for PBS’s award-winning series NOVA, FRONTLINE, and numerous specials for national and international broadcast. Her work earned her several Emmy and Peabody awards. Among the highlights of her freelance work have been working as a sound recordist with independent filmmakers in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Mongolia.
Alex has been an Adjunct Professor at RISD since 1996. She loves learning from the students in her Live Action Senior Degree course. She has been nominated twice for the Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Academic Research/Areas of Interest
- Classical Mythology
- Travel to remote corners of the world
- Underwater exploration
- World Cinema
- Human Rights