Alexa-Sascha Lewin is an alumna of the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program and the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. She is currently raising financing for her historical drama, Kingmaker, about British maverick adventurer Gertrude Bell, who was an ardent advocate for Arab independence and created the Kingdom of Iraq. The screenplay for Kingmaker was a Top-3 Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest and a Quarterfinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Alexa-Sascha was invited to speak at the Tomouh Community of Leaders (TCL) 2019 Retreat in Bath, England, with her speech entitled, Kingmaker: The Creation of Modern Arabia and the Power of Film to Impact Change. Shortly thereafter, Alexa-Sascha was nominated and approved for membership, and then served on the TCL Membership Committee. Alexa-Sascha co-wrote (with Steve Skrovan, Everybody Loves Raymond, Seinfeld) the comedy, Wiedervereinigung, which she will also be directing. Wiedervereinigung is being produced by Philip Schulz-Deyle (Snowden, Eine ganz heisse Nummer). Alexa-Sascha is currently co-writing the novel of her 70’s East German spy thriller limited series, 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 at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, 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. When she was 24, Alexa-Sascha directed her first film, the documentary, Safari Doctors: Wildlife Conservation Medicine. As a wildlife filmmaker, 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 holds a B.A. from Wheaton College, MA (cum laude), studied international relations at the Oxford Advanced Studies Programme (Magdalen College, Oxford) and film at Brown University, Ludwig Maximilians Universität - Munich, and the University of Television and Film Munich.
Alexa-Sascha is an avid skier, ballet dancer and backpacked solo around the world in her early 20's. As a passionate world traveler, she has explored more than 55 countries to date.