Alison McAlpine, ALMA Observatory, Chile, 5000 metres.

Biography

Alison’s roots are in poetry, which she began writing as a teenager, publishing in her early twenties. At a writing workshop in Banff the novelist Alistair MacLeod described her work as film poetry. Soon she discovered theatre in Ireland, writing highly visual monologues which were performed in Dublin.

In Canada, Alison formed a theatre company and wrote and directed plays that were presented at festivals in Canada, Ireland and France. She was encouraged towards cinema and received a commission to write a TV Opera based on a play she had written.

Her mid-length award-winning film SECOND SIGHT (2008), “a nonfiction ghost story,” was screened at more than 35 international film festivals. She has had two BBC Commissions, versions of SECOND SIGHT. GHOSTMAN OF SKYE made for BBC Wonderland, 2009, was “Pick of the Day” or “Critics Choice” in every UK newspaper.

CIELO, Alison’s first feature, premiered at the 55th New York Film Festival 2017, and has been presented at over 150 international film festivals and cinemas across the world including Karlovy Vary IFF; Hot Docs; Film Forum, New York; TIFF Bell Lightbox; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Ahrya Fine Arts by Laemle, LA; Filmhouse Edinburgh; Cinema du Parc and Cinema Beaubien, Montreal etc. Named as “One of the best documentaries of 2018” by Esquire and The Guardian, CIELO has won several awards and four 2019 Gala Québec nominations.

She is writer, director and producer of her company, Second Sight Pictures. Alison is currently working on several new films.

 

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