Alex Haney is a director and writer committed to sharing diverse perspectives as he pursues telling large scale stories with indie soul.

Alex has been honored to have his short USC School of Cinematic Arts drama “Iconoclast” screen as an official selection of the Diversity in Cannes ShowcaseOutfest Los Angeles, the Oscar-Qualifying Calgary International Film Festival, and the BAFTA-recognized Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Alex’s short film “Break” also screened this year at the Berlin International Film Festival Creative Minds Showcase, as well as at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth alongside “Iconoclast”.

Alex’s passion for film began with his short mockumentary comedy “Bookstore” which went on to screen at 37 film festivals and receive 16 awards. In his pursuit of socially conscious entertainment, Alex co-founded The Stop Bullying Foundation, which is building an educational program with his short anti-bullying drama “Charity” to bring awareness and a helping hand to students around the country. Alex continues working to bring underrepresented stories into the spotlight as he develops his upcoming feature projects.

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selected projects

The Night Bell

Psychological thriller/horror, 2018
Directed by Alex Haney – coming soon
USC School of Cinematic Arts

After boldly leaving her abusive husband in 1945, a determined young nurse secures a job in a hospital morgue. However, she soon realizes that her escape might have led her into an even worse situation.

Iconoclast

Magical realism LGBT drama, 2017
Directed & Written by Alex Haney
USC School of Cinematic Arts

A mixed-race African-American, Jewish, and gay teenager struggles to find himself as living visions of his internal battle threaten to tear his world apart. Inspired by the director’s personal journey, this film seeks to ignite conversations about the multicultural and intersectional experience in America.

Selected honors:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Diversity in Cannes Showcase 2017

BEST STUDENT FILM

FROSTBITE International Indie Fest October 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Oscar-qualifying Calgary International Film Festival 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

BAFTA-recognized Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017

Break

Mental health / anxiety PSA, 2017
Directed & Co-Written by Alex Haney

What would it feel like to look inside the mind of someone having an anxiety attack? Overwhelmed by calls from work, endless homework, and a nagging friend, a college student struggling with anxiety does everything to hold it together as her world falls apart.

Selected honors:

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE

Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival 2017 Creative Minds Showcase

BEST DIRECTOR

Alternative Film Festival Winter Edition 2017

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Carmel International Film Festival 2017

Charity

Short anti-bullying drama, 2017
Directed & Written by Alex Haney

A teenager struggles to find courage in the face of a vicious bully when a death threat sends shockwaves through her family and school. Based on a true story.

Selected honors:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Irvine Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION

Sedona International Film Festival

AWARD OF MERIT: FILM SHORT

Accolade Global Film Competition November 2017

Bookstore

Short mockumentary comedy, 2012
Directed & Written by Alex Haney

Tara, a teenager who dreams of a successful future in business, must manage the school Bookstore for one day, dealing with her preoccupied employees and the craziness that gets in the way of her ambitions.

Selected honors:

JUDGES’ FAVORITE

International Student Media Festival 2012

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

Calabasas Art & Film Exhibition 2012

BEST NATIONAL NARRATIVE FILM – U.S.

Mosaic Student Film Festival 2012

BEST HIGH SCHOOL COMEDY

International Student Film Festival Hollywood 2012

MOST PROMISING YOUG STUDENT FILMMAKER AWARD

Action/Cut Short Film Competition 2013