Alan Brown

Writer/director Alan Brown’s first film, O Beautiful, won the Future Filmmaker Award at the 2002 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, and was an official selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. His feature debut, Book of Love, which stars Simon Baker and Frances O’Connor, was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. His second feature, Superheroes, starring Dash Mihok and Spencer Treat Clark, won numerous prizes, including the Feature Filmmaker’s Award at the 2007 Avignon/New York Film Festival, the Maverick Spirit Award (top prize) at the 2008 Cinequest Film Festival, Special Jury Mention at both the 2008 Austin Film Festival and the 2008 Ashland Independent Film Festival, and both the Narrative Feature and Best Film Awards at the 2008 Brooklyn International Film Festival. Alan’s fourth feature, Private Romeo, a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, won a Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles, and was a Critic’s Pick of The New York Times.

His most recent film, Five Dances, was the Opening Night Film at Lincoln Center’s 2013 Dance On Camera Festival, and has won numerous awards worldwide, including the Best International Narrative Feature at the 2013 Tel Aviv LGBT Int’l. Film Festival, and both the Audience and Jury Awards for Best Feature Film at the 2013 Rio Gay Film Festival.

Alan is also the author of the acclaimed novel, Audrey Hepburn’s Neck, which won the Pacific Rim Book Prize, and has been translated into eight languages. He is the recipient of many writing and directing awards, including National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright, and New York State Council for the Arts Fellowships, and numerous residency fellowships, including those to the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Edward Albee and Ucross Foundations. He spent eight years living in Japan, first as a Fulbright Journalist, and then creating radio programs for the BBC, and writing for numerous publications. A longtime contributing editor at Travel & Leisure magazine, Alan’s journalism assignments have taken him from the Antarctic to the Himalayas. His writing for Gourmet was nominated for a James Beard Award. He now lives in New York City.

  • FIVE DANCES (2013)

    “Sensually photographed… haunting choreography. A lovingly shot valentine to work and body and art...” –NPR

  • PRIVATE ROMEO (2011)

    “Shakespeare himself would spring for a ticket to Alan Brown’s restaging of Romeo and Juliet … performed to perfection.” - The New York Times. (★Critics’ Pick)

  • SUPERHEROES (2007)

    “…wrenching… Dash Mihok's top-notch performance lends compassionately told tale its engaging moral center. Somber, affecting indie is a conversation-starter.” - Variety

  • BOOK OF LOVE (2004)

    “It’s a true joy to see what (Simon Baker and Francis O’Connor) can do with material as rich as that served up by writer-director Brown.” - Time Out New York (★Starred Review)

  • O BEAUTIFUL (2002)

    “…eloquent and powerful…” - The Los Angeles Times

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