Alexis Krasilovsky

Alexis Krasilovsky
Professor, Screenwriting Option
Office location:
MZ 318


Fall 2013 Office Hours:

  • Mondays - 2:30 - 3:00 PM
  • Tuesdays - 4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesdays - 2:00 - 3:00 PM
  • Thursdays - 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Alexis Krasilovsky specializes in screenwriting and film studies. 

Krasilovsky is the author of Women Behind the Camera: Conversations with Camerawomen (Praeger, 1997), described by Kris Malkiewicz as: "a fascinating book for anyone, female or male, who contemplates a career in cinematography. It offers a great wealth of insights, rewards and sacrifices which are facing people behind the camera in their professional and personal lives. It opens for the reader a world of courageous women who are possessed by the love of film."

Krasilovsky's latest film is the award-winning global feature documentary, Pastriology (2013), about the world hunger crisis.  Her first global feature documentary, Women Behind the Camera (2007), won the Spirit of Moondance Award for Best Documentary Feature, the BEA (Broadcast Educators Association) Award for Best Documentary-Long-Form; the Best Documentary Film Award at the Female Eye Film Festival (Toronto); and the WIN Best of Fest Award - Documentary (Hollywood). The television version, Shooting Women (2008) won the Best International Documentary Award at the WOW (Women of the World) Film Festival (Sydney, Australia). Prof. Krasilovsky is also the recipient of a Tribute Award "for achievements in independent cinema" from the San Francisco Women's Film Festival and the "Special Award of the Festival THE GATE OF FREEDOM" from the Gdansk DocFilm Festival, which recently held a retrospective of her work.

Her writing on film has also been included in Michael Tobias' book, The Search for Reality: The Art of Documentary Filmmaking and several issues of Creative Screenwriting and other periodicals.

Prof. Krasilovsky is the writer-director of the award-winning film, What Memphis Needs, which was shown nationally on PBS' "The '90's," as well as in the Museum of Modern Art's "Between Word and Image." In addition to directing the videos Beale Street and Mr. Boogie Woogie, she is also the producer and director of the films End of the Art World (starring Andy Warhol), Exile, and Blood–a film which the L.A. Times reviewed: "In its stream-of-consciousness way Blood evokes Manhattan street life even more powerfully than Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver."

Krasilovsky also directed the 360 degree holograms, Created and Consumed By Light and Childbirth Dream, which have been exhibited in international festivals and museums including the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, France and International Expos in Korea and Japan.

At California State University Northridge, Prof. Krasilovsky teamed with her film production students to produce a first-hand account of what it meant to survive a 6.7 earthquake. "Epicenter U." interweaves 16mm footage shot by film students and their professor with footage shot of them– including Angela Sostre, one of 500 students forced to flee from cracked, crumbling dorms; Trent Wade, one of CSUN's many deaf students, who faced the night of terror alone in the dark, unable to lip-read; and Glenn Gainor and Michael Young, two film production students who refused to let an earthquake come between them and their Senior Film.

Alexis Krasilovsky was born in Alaska, raised in New York, and educated at Yale University and California Institute of the Arts. She lives in Los Angeles.