Before heading west, Alex MacKenzie
co-edited two critically-acclaimed
narrative documentaries, What’s The
Matter With Kansas and the longitudinal SCRAPPERS (with Aaron Wickenden of Kartemquin Films), both of which were honored by consecutive spots on ROGER EBERT’s "Top Ten Docs" lists of 2009 and 2010, respectively.
Since relocating to Los Angeles,
Alex has worked on films premiered at Sundance, Tribeca, Silverdocs, Venice,
and other international film festivals while enjoying the opportunity to work for several Academy-Award nominees, including SCOTT HAMILTON KENNEDY (The Garden), and MICHAEL MANN (Miami Vice, The Insider) on their post-production teams. Most recently, Alex had the privilege of working on WITNESS, HBO’s 4-part docuseries on war photographers, and is currently editing an upcoming Hulu Original Series following mascots, entitled Behind The Mask.
Besides non-fiction, Alex’s diverse short-form work includes award-winning
music videos, commercials, trailers, short films, viral PSAs and comedy web series that have garnered millions of views online. Before LA, he studied with producers from
Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) while at THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO (AB'06), and before that spent his youth exploring the woods and rivers of Washington, DC.
A few selections from films that inspired him can be found here.
Feature Films + Web-Series
Feature Documentaries (Assistant Editing)
Television (Assistant Editing)
"SINGULARITY OR BUST" (Editor) -
Best Documentary winner, LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood 2013
"WITNESS" (Assistant Editor) -
Official Premiere, Venice Film Festival 2012
"FAME HIGH" (Assistant Editor) -
Official Selection, TriBeCa Film Festival 2012
"BARBARIAN DAYS" (Editor) -
Best Documentary winner, Houston WorldFest Film Festival 2012
"AFTER THE FIRE" (Editor) -
Official Selection, HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival 2011
"BUDRUS" (Trailer Editor) -
Sundance Doc Fund winner + Kenneth Turan’s TOP 20 docs of 2010
"SCRAPPERS" (Additional Editor) -
CUFF Best Doc winner + Roger Ebert’s TOP TEN docs of 2010
"WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS" (Editor) -
Roger Ebert's TOP TEN docs of 2009
"THE GARDEN" (Deleted Scenes Editor) -
Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary of 2009
"FUEL" (Assistant Online Editor) -
Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary of 2008
"CRIME FICTION" (Trailer Editor) -
Official Selection, Slamdance 2007
"Thank you Alex…we are blessed
and proud of the film...Awesome work!"
-ABDALLAH OMEISH, DIRECTOR, WITNESS:LIBYA
projects: HBO's WITNESS docuseries
"I have been editing professionally
myself for 21 years and I’d hire him
again in a hearbeat."
-JOE WINSTON, DIRECTOR / EMMY-WINNING EDITOR
projects: What’s the Matter with Kansas?
"An outstanding editor. He was super-smart, super-creative, efficient, and quite simply a delight. I would recommend Alex to any film or television producer that wants a real pro."
-DAVID BOUL, PRODUCER: THE OPRAH SHOW '89-'99
projects: Chucking Tomatoes
"I am so spoiled after working with you. You are a f*@#ing WIZARD!"
-ANGELINE GRAGASIN, DIRECTOR
projects: The Animals
"Alex is my secret weapon. I don't know what to do when he's not available... so... um... whatever you do, don't hire him!"
-JESSIE KAHNWEILER, DIRECTOR
projects: Dude Where's My Chutzpah?
"I have already recommended Alex to various film and television producers and can't wait to work with him again."
-GUIDO VERWEYEN, DIRECTOR / EMMY-WINNING PRODUCER
projects: After The Fire
"I am convinced that Alex is not so much a film editor, as much as he is a Digital Shaman. He did not simply 'cut' this version of the film... he channeled it!"
-RAJ DYE, DIRECTOR
projects: Singularity or Bust
"We worked for three days non-stop, going through all the footage I already shot. Thanks to Alex's help, we now have the entire movie structure mapped out and a plan on what we need to shoot next. Thanks Alex!"
-MELINA KOLB, DIRECTOR
projects: Remember Me Sue
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