Alison Klayman Plus

Tokyo / New York / Beijing

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The New York Times’ chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis recently named Alison Klayman one of the “20 Directors to Watch” on their list of rising international filmmaking talents under 40. Alison’s debut feature documentary, AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY, was shortlisted for an Academy Award and earned Alison a Director's Guild of America nomination. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Prize, and went on to win critical acclaim and many top honors, including an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, the highest accolade of broadcast journalism. NEVER SORRY has now been translated into over 26 languages and released theatrically around the world. It was also one of the highest grossing films of 2012 directed by a woman.

Numerous foundations have supported Alison's filmmaking, including the Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures and PUMA. She lived in China for four years working as a freelance journalist, and speaks Mandarin as well as Hebrew. She has made many media appearances to speak about her work, including on CNN, NPR and The Colbert Report.

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