Alexis Krasilovsky

Alexis Krasilovsky
Professor, Screenwriting Option
Office location:
MZ 318


Fall 2015 - CAMC Research Fellow (no office hours)

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."  Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World, co-authored by Harriet Margolis, Alexis Krasilovsky, and Julia Stein will be published by Intellect Press, London in October 2015.  

Krasilovsky's latest film is the award-winning feature documentary, Let Them Eat Cake (2014), about the pleasures and perils of pastries, filmed in twelve countries over six years with the help of international teams of professional filmmakers and students. The film has screened in festivals in Bangladesh, India, Italy, Mexico, Turkey and the US.  Her first global feature documentary, Women Behind the Camera (2007), won four Best Documentary awards; the television version, Shooting Women (2008) won the Best International Documentary Award at the WOW (Women of the World) Film Festival. Prof. Krasilovsky is also the recipient of a Tribute Award "for achievements in independent cinema" from the San Francisco Women's Film Festival and a life-time achievement award from the Gdansk DocFilm Festival. (See http://womenbehindthecamera.com.)
Her writing has also been included in Jill Nelmes' and Jule Selbo's Women Screenwriters: An International Guide; Michael Tobias' The Search for Reality: The Art of Documentary Filmmaking; Smallwood et al's Women on Poetry; Laura Madeline Wiseman's anthology, Women Write Resistance; and several issues of Creative Screenwriting.
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," and is now available through fandor.com.  In addition to directing the videos Beale Street and Mr. Boogie Woogie, she is also the writer-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."
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.