Alex Mallis

Shorts are the foundation of independent filmmaking. It’s a place to try out ideas and experiment. Free of [the] creative constraints that might come when you’re beholden to an investor, etc. You can do the project any way you dream. You can say things however you want. You can try new things without a fear of failing.

Alex Mallis is a Brooklyn based filmmaker, where he makes wonderful films that carry across multiple genres, from short documentary to feature narratives, vignettes from his 8mm series, to even more abstract experimental music videos. Alex seems to not only be comfortable, but confident in all of this genre-jumping, and that confidence shows in his films. 

Watching Alex’s work feels like getting lost in the details, only to emerge with a connection to, and understanding of, something greater than yourself. Whether you're watching a film that he directed, edited, DP'd or all of the above there is something in the projects he chooses to work on, in whatever capacity, that reflect this immersive quality.

I think this notion comes naturally to Alex, when asked about his thoughts on short films he had this to say; 

“They [short films] are vignettes and novels at the same time. They are expressions of unconscious and dreams of tomorrow. They are calls to action and windows in time.”

His short film, LA NOCHE BUENA, is the story of a young American that travels to Cuba to try and connect with his past, only succeeding in alienating himself further. Alex wrote, directed, and acted in this short narrative, which was shot in Havana, Cuba, and is based on his personal experience. Currently making its festival rounds, LA NOCHE BUENA made the official selection at IFF Boston, AFF and San Diego LFF.

Alex’s work has screened across the US and internationally. He holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College (CUNY) and an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and the Meerkat Media Collective. As director of photography along with co-DPs Begoña Colomar, Lily Henderson, and Ed David, he shot Keith Miller's WELCOME TO PINE HILL and FIVE STAR.

"Short filmmaking [is] free of many narrative constraints that features must often abide. We don't need a happy ending, or even an ending at all. We don't need to explain anything. Short films can be anything."

Alex recently released another in his 8mm series titles 'Battery Park in June' - a short vignette of his father and 3 uncles shot on Super 8MM, featuring each of the men talking individually and candidly to the camera, introducing each other from oldest to youngest. This vignette is part of a work in progress documenting the five boroughs of New York City. So far you can watch PROSPECT PARK, ROOSEVELT ISLAND, BATTERY PARK and you should absolutely take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy these vignettes - remember what I said about details? 

With such a range in work, and the effortless ability to create a compelling story no matter what the genre or style, we can't wait to see what Alex will create through The BUREAU - whatever he aims to make we know it will be wonderful.