Recognized as a “talented, up and coming director,” Alexa-Sascha Lewin is an alumna of the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program, the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW), and the University of Television and Film Munich. Her period drama, Kingmaker, a historically significant true story about British maverick adventurer Gertrude Bell, the female “Lawrence of Arabia,” who was an ardent advocate for Arab independence and who became entangled in the backroom politics of World War I Mesopotamia as she battled her commanding officers to crown Faisal I the first King of Iraq, was a Top-3 Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest and a Quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. She is currently raising financing for Kingmaker. She most recently was invited to speak at the Tomouh Community of Leaders 2019 Retreat in Bath, England, with her speech entitled, Kingmaker: The Creation of Modern Arabia and the Power of Film to Impact Change. In the television space, Alexa-Sascha recently co-created and sold a single-camera television comedy series to Amazon International. Alexa-Sascha is currently co-writing the novel of her 70’s spy thriller feature screenplay, The Priest Who Knew Too Much.
Recent projects include Broken, a dramatic short film that had its World Premiere at the Sonoma International Film Festival, and Trainers, a comedy web series which premiered at FOX and received Internet distribution through Comediva. For her short crime thriller, The Honeysting, Alexa-Sascha was awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker grant and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Animal Content in Entertainment (ACE) grant. The film was selected as part of the Tribeca Film Institute’s ReFrame Collection and received a Worldwide All Media distribution deal through Shorts International, where it continues to air in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Africa on the channel ShortsTV. The Honeysting was also showcased in ShortsTV’s program, ‘100 Films by Her,’ and Alexa-Sascha was recently featured on their "Filmmaker Spotlight."
Following her work on The Honeysting, Alexa-Sascha was invited to shadow the producing director on CSI. She has subsequently shadowed directors on twelve television shows; e.g., Modern Family (ABC), Castle (ABC), The Middle (ABC), Bones (FOX), The Night Shift (NBC), Lie to Me (FOX), The Goldbergs (ABC). In addition, she directed a scene on the series finale of Trauma (NBC).
For her stage production of Christopher Durang’s comedy play, ‘Dentity Crisis, Alexa-Sascha’s direction was declared “brilliant” by On Stage Los Angeles and “fabulously frenetic” by Stage Scene LA, with the play winning four Scenie Awards for: Memorable Direction, Memorable Production, Memorable Ensemble Cast Performance and Best Performance.
Alexa-Sascha began her career in narrative features, interning for Robert Redford’s South Fork Pictures and Propaganda Films, until she jumped on board a feature documentary production filming the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Alexa-Sascha spent several years working as a wildlife filmmaker, where her projects found her trekking mountain gorillas through rebel-infested Rwandan jungles and hanging out of helicopters to film stampeding white rhinos in the South African bush. She collaborated closely with the United Nations Environment Programme, Born Free Foundation, and the Jane Goodall Institute. Alexa-Sascha transitioned back into narrative storytelling, partnering with the Mount Film Company and working in Lithuania on Ed Zwick’s Defiance before applying to the DWW.
Alexa-Sascha holds a B.A. from Wheaton College (cum laude in German and Film), studied film at Brown University and Ludwig Maximilians Universität - Munich, as well as studied international relations at Oxford University (Magdalen College).
Alexa-Sascha is an avid skier, ballet dancer and backpacked solo around the world. As a passionate world traveler, she has explored more than 50 countries to date.