30 June 1973, Bobruisk, BSSR, USSR [now Belarus]
Alexander was born in Belarus and immigrated to Canada in 1979. He grew up in Windsor, Ontario a boarder-city to Detroit, Michigan traveling often to the States as a young athlete. In 1996 he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Windsor where he received the Board of Governors Medal for highest academic standing from the Sch...
Alexander was born in Belarus and immigrated to Canada in 1979. He grew up in Windsor, Ontario a boarder-city to Detroit, Michigan traveling often to the States as a young athlete. In 1996 he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Windsor where he received the Board of Governors Medal for highest academic standing from the School of Visual Arts.He was accepted to a number of Graduate Film Programs including the New York School of Visual Arts, ultimately opting to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was awarded the Merit Scholarship. With the guidance of Chris Sullivan and Nancy Andrews, Alexander pursued Stop-Motion Animation, a technique by which inanimate objects or armatured puppets are given the appearance of natural motion through a series of small position changes. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the school and a Graduate Fellowship for his thesis film.Influenced by the work of Alfred Hitchcock and the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexander's first Stop-Motion paranormal film Wolves at the Table (2002) won Best Animation at the Knoxville Valleyfest Film Festival and Best Experimental Film at the L.A. Indie Talent Awards. Over the years he has directed animation for numerous short-film, television and commercial projects including Walt Disney's Annie award nominated JoJo's Circus (2003) and Teletoon's Gemini award winning series Life's a Zoo (2008).With the production support of Canada's Cuppa Coffee Studios, Alexander directed and animated The Devil's Due (2011), a surreal short noteworthy for its use of a continuously moving camera. Achieved entirely in one pass the film features an uninterrupted, choreographed overlap of more than seventy characters and is rife with in-camera special effects. The world premier screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2013 The Devil's Due (2011) garnered a Gold Remi Award at Houston's International Film Festival for best independent animated short film.Alexander is married to long-time writing partner (veteran CG artist/actress) Mahsa Ghorbankarimi. In 2015 the couple produced their first feature Luciferous (2015), co-written and directed by the husband and wife team. Their daughter Mina Gorelick joined the film industry in 2013 voicing the short films Sesame Street: Which Foods Begin with the Letter P? (2013)' and 'Do you see the letter C in the Clouds?' as well as taking on a key acting role in the family thriller.
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