Alex Winter began his career as a child actor, spending several years on Broadway with co- starring roles in productions of ‘The King & I’, ‘Peter Pan’, and the American premiere of Simon Gray’s ‘Close of Play’ at the Manhattan Theater Club. After completing NYU film school, he went on to have starring roles in several feature films, including Orion’s huge hit ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ and its sequel ‘Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey’, the Warner Brothers smash ‘The Lost Boys’ and Percy Adlon’s ‘Rosalie Goes Shopping’.
In the 90’s Winter began a busy career of directing commercials and music videos, alongside his narrative work. Winter co-wrote, directed and starred in the hit MTV series, ‘The Idiot Box’, and the Twentieth Century Fox release ‘Freaked’, which has been acclaimed by many critics including The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly, who heralded ‘Freaked’ on their “Top Ten greatest comedies of the Nineties.”
In 2000, Winter wrote and directed ‘Fever’, released by LionsGate Films. ‘Fever’ is a psychological thriller starring Henry Thomas, Teri Hatcher, Bill Duke and ‘The Departed’s’ David O’ Hara. The film has been invited to film festivals worldwide, including Official Selection in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. In The New York Times, A.O. Scott praised the film as “Pure Hitchcockian panic. An arresting example of what a talented filmmaker can do with the sparest of means.”
In 2013, Winter returned to the screen in ‘Grand Piano’, directed by Eugenio Mira, from the Blacklist script by Damian Chezelle (La La Land), co-starring alongside Elijah Wood and John Cusack. 2013 also saw the release of Winter’s VH1 Rock Doc ‘Downloaded’, the story of Napster. The feature documentary premiered at SXSW and earned worldwide critical acclaim at theatrical and festival screenings. Winter’s follow-up, the multiple award-winning documentary ‘Deep Web’, had its world premiere in 2015 at SXSW followed by a broadcast premiere in the U.S. on the Epix network alongside a global festival tour.
Winter has two new documentary features; ‘The Panama Papers’ for the Epix Network, executive produced by Laura Poitras, and ‘Trust Machine’ for Breaker and Futurism Studios. His current project is ‘Zappa’; the first all-access documentary on the life and times of Frank Zappa. The Kickstarter campaign for this project was the highest funded documentary in crowdfunding history.
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