Q: Who is Alex Epstein?
Alex Epstein is a narrative designer for games, a writer for television and movies, a director, and an author.
A native New Yorker, he is a dual American and Canadian citizen.
Narrative Design and Game Writing
Alex was the Narrative Director and Writer, as well as Voice Director, of Contrast by Compulsion Games. GameRant said that "Contrast does more to deliver an emotionally engaging story than most games even come close to in three times as long." The game is nominated for ten Canadian Video Game Awards, including Best Indie and Best Writing. It is available on Xbox 360, Xbox 1, PS3, PS4 and Steam.
He is currently the Narrative Director on a new, unannounced project from Compulsion.
Bon Cop / Bad Cop
He co-wrote Bon Cop / Bad Cop, a bilingual buddy cop comedy starring Patrick Huard and Colm Feore. The movie broke the all-time Canadian box office record for a Canadian picture and won the Genie for Best Picture; Epstein and his co-writers were nominated for the Jutra Prize for Best Screenplay and won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Film Writing.
He co-created the Gemini-nominated comic drama television series Naked Josh for the Oxygen Network (U.S.A.) and Showcase (in Canada); it ran for three seasons. He's been nominated twice for a Canadian Screenwriting Award for his work on the show.
His first staff job was as Executive Story Editor for the FoxKids science fiction series Galidor.
With his wife Lisa, Alex co-wrote WALTER'S CHRISTMAS, an animated film about a goofy inventor and his best friend, a talking chicken.
Winter Garden (2013)
On the closing night of his seventh hit play, a playwright desperately searches for his inspiration. Starring Canadian Screen Award-winner Enrico Colantoni. Premiered during TIFF in the "Stage to Screen" program at the Elgin Theatre; screened in the Canadian International Television Festival.
Role Play (2013)
"You be me. I'll be him."
9 min. A dark fairy tale, starring Genie-nominated Juliette Gosselin (Nouvelle France). Screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Market as part of Telefilm Canada's "Not Short on Talent" program. Screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival, the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, and the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois.Alex and Lisa are nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screenwriting Award for their script.
The Grilled Cheese Trilogy (2012)
5 min. Pieces of cheese struggle with issues of politics, social class and love. Premièred at the 31st Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québecois.
You Are So Undead (2010)
6 min. A teen vampire sex comedy for the Bravo! channel. It has screened at the Worldwide Short Film Festival, Just for Laughs Chicago, and many fantasy and horror film festivals: the Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic (Spain), Screamfest LA, Hallowscreen (Florida), Mecal (Spain), Rio Fantastic Festival (Argentina), Court Métrange (Rennes, France), Bleedfest (LA), A Night of Horror (Australia), Newport Beach, Toronto After Dark, Fantasia (Montreal), and The Vampire Film Festival, and opened Dead by Dawn in Edinburgh. It's also aired on the CBC. The film won the WGC Award for Best Short for writer Lisa Hunter. Over 300,000 hits on YouTube.
Twelve Ways to Say I'm Sorry (2007)
6 min. What do Canadians really mean when they say, "I'm sorry"?
"Twelve Ways to Say "I'm Sorry" premiered at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, and played in selection at the Whistler Film Festival. It has aired on Bravo!, Air Canada, The Sundance Channel and The Movie Channel.
His 2002 book, Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made (Henry Holt: New York) has sold over 15,000 copies.
Crafty TV Writing
His 2006 book, Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box (Henry Holt: New York) has sold over 12,000 copies.
The Circle Cast
His novel, The Circle Cast: The Lost Years of Morgan le Fay (Tradewinds) tells how Morgan le Fay, the half sister of King Arthur, became the most powerful sorceress of post-Roman Britain. It was shortlisted for a Quebec Writers Federation Award. The German translation, Morgans Erwachen, is forthcoming from Urachhaus (Stuttgart).
Career and Education
Epstein got his Master of Fine Arts at UCLA's School of Film and Television. He has his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale in Computer Science and English.
Before writing full time, Epstein was a development executive at various production companies in Los Angeles, and helped develop many independent pictures.
In the film and TV industry, Epstein is represented by Marc Lapointe of Agence Omada (514) 287 1246. Note that he is not the Israeli novelist named Alex Epstein, and he is definitely not the right wing pundit named Alex Epstein.
Epstein lives in Old Montreal with his wife and daughter.
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