Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Alison MacLean came to international attention when her creepy-beautiful short, Kitchen Sink, was nominated for a Golden Palm at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. The film went on to win eight awards at festivals worldwide. Her first narrative feature, Crush, starring Marcia Gay Harden, was also an official selection at Cannes, and in 1999 Alison followed up with the acclaimed Jesus‘ Son, starring Billy Crudup, Samantha Morton, Dennis Hopper and Jack Black. The film won the Little Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and also earned Alison a Best Director nomination. On the small screen, Alison has directed episodes of „Sex and the City“ and „Carnivale“ for HBO as well as „The Tudors“ and „The L-Word“ for Showtime.
In addition to her narrative work, Alison co-directed the documentary Persons of Interest, which screened in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, and the hilarious documentary/narrative hybrid Intolerable. Intolerable, which played at the Edinburgh, Toronto, L.A. and Hamptons International Film Festivals, grew out of a short, Flight, that was originally shot for the Sony/Young & Rubicam
„Dreams“ Project 2005.
Commercially, Alison’s unique blend of sharp, deadpan humor and pathos has been employed in campaigns for Cingular, Virgin Mobile, Coldwell Banker, Panasonic, PG&E, Quaker Oats and Dunkin Donuts, to name just a few. Her Cingular „Battle“ TV spot went on to become a YouTube favorite and was a final selection in the 2007 AICP show, a Gold Winner for the London International Awards 2007, and was nominated for an Emmy. Alison lives in New York, where she is currently in pre-production on her latest feature, „Now In Paperback“ being produced by Park Pictures.
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