About

  

Alex Hamilton-Brown - Writer/Director/Producer

PROFILE

Alex Hamilton-Brown (photo credit: Lin Winans)
Photo credit: Lin Winans

Following a background in music and theatre, Alex began his film career in the British film industry with Pathé and Elstree Studios.

A graduate of New York University’s School of Film and Television, for the past forty years, he has written, produced and directed award-winning films and videos for broadcast organizations worldwide.

Alex is the recipient of twenty-five international film awards including festival winners and two gold medals. He has been nominated Best Director by both the New York Film and Television Festival and the Academy of Canadian Film and Television.

Over the years, Alex has built a reputation as one of the preeminent film producers of the arts in Canada; some of these include, architecture, sculpture, prehistoric art and music productions. He was the creator and Executive Producer of ELEGY, a dance-drama filmed in Paris starring Canada’s Prima-ballerina, Karen Kain.  Networked in prime-time by CBC Television and ARTV, ELEGY has been nominated for three international awards, including a Prix Gemeaux.

A native of Stirlingshire, Scotland, Alex is a Canadian citizen and lives near Vancouver, British Columbia. He has two daughters and a dog named Cody.


SELECTED FILM AWARDS

LIFE ANOTHER WAY

  • Yorkton Film festival, Saskatchewan, Canada, FESTIVAL JURY AWARD.
  • United States Film Festival, SILVER PLAQUE.

SPIRIT OF THE ARCTIC

  • AMTEC Best Documentary

PATHWAY FROM WITHIN

  • NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, Silver Medal
  • COLUMBUS FILM FESTIVAL, Christopher Plaque
  • CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL, Outstanding Achievement Award

SPIRIT OF STONE

  • COLUMBUS FILM FESTIVAL, Christopher Plaque

I AM A GUITAR

  • SCOTTISH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Jury Award Winner

ELEGY

  • AMTEC Documentary Arts Award
  • GEMEAUX nomination

A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME, with the Harlem Globetrooters

  • NEW YORK FILM AND TELEVISION FESTIVAL, Silver Medal, Best Director
  • CANADIAN GEMINI AWARDS. Finalist in three categories.

SELECTED PRODUCER AWARDS for TVO

  • QUEST INTO MATTER, Chicago Film Festival, GOLD PLAQUE
  • ELEMENTS OF CHANGE, Festival of the Americas, GOLD MEDAL
  • IRREVERSIBLE WORLD, Bell Northern Award, WINNER

FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION JUDGE

  • Chaired Gemini Awards for Best Television Drama and Best Documentary.
  • 2006, judge of “Best Dance Film” for Canada Council for the Arts.
  • 2011, judge for the Haliburton Highlands Writers’ and Editors’ Network poetry competition.

WRITING GRANT

2005 CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

  • $30,000 grant for the film scenario of ELEGY

TEACHING FILM PRODUCTION AND WRITING

  • 1993-97, taught screenwriting and producing for Vancouver and Toronto film schools.
  • 1994, created the first 2 year film course for CDIS School of Communications, Vancouver.
  • 2006, with Byron Chief Moon, wrote and produced an original ballet for the Vancouver Dance Theatre.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

SHORT STORIES, ARTICLES AND POETRY

  • 2011, short story, WHEN TREES COULD WALK, Published in “From The Cottage Porch.” (An Anthology of Canadian short stories and poetry).
  • 2010, short story, SNOOZIE’S FIRST CHRISTMAS, published in special Christmas edition of the Ottawa Citizen.
  • Published many articles in Canadian and U.K. magazines.
  • Over a hundred scenarios for film and television.
  • 2011, short story, A CHRISTMAS VISIT
  • 2014, short story, CROCS IN COTTAGE COUNTRY, published by Summit Press, Vancouver, B.C.
  • 2009/2012, Regular contributor of feature articles to the monthly magazine APSLEY VOICE.
  • 2011, first novel, (work in progress).

POETRY

  • 2010/11: Winner (Mariposa Writer’s Poetry Competition), LAKESIDE MORNING
  • 2010/11: Second Place (Mariposa Writer’s Poetry Competition), SILVER LAKE
  • 2010/2011: published various poems in The Ontario Poetry Society journal.
  • 2011: 4, Hon. Mentions: (HHWEN) Poetry Competition) IN THE MORNING OF THE SILENCE, (The Ontario Poetry Society) WHEN I WAS A BOY, LIFE CODE, INUKSHUK
  • 2013: Honourable Mention (out of 500 entries) The Writer’s Place of America, Poetry Competition, LAKESIDE MORNING
  • 2013: Winner (Ontario Writer’s Conference Poetry Competition), MARILYN AND ME
  • 2010/2014: Poems published by the Ontario Poetry Society: A WOMAN’S FARM.   ADAM.  MARCEAU.  GETTYSBURG.  SAWGRASS.  TO AN EGG.  INUKSHUK.  HOLDING HANDS.  FROM MY SON.  THE GARDEN.
  • 2013: Poem MILKWEED BIRDS published in Country Roads magazine.  Poem THE LITTLE SPRUCE TREE published by Haliburton Echo.
  • 2012: 2, poems in “ROPEDANCER”, an anthology of Canadian poetry published by Beret Press: MARCEAU and A WOMAN’S FARM.
  • 2012: “MILKWEED BIRDS“. Collected poems of Alex Hamilton-Brown; available from the University Bookstore of York University and Queen’s University, Canada, and from the author (ahambro4405@gmail.com).
  • 2014: “ANIMAL VOICES“, an illustrated book of poetry from an animal’s point of view.

STORIES FOR CHILDREN by Alex Hamilton-Brown

  • WHEN TREES COULD WALK, a chapter book for ages 6-12.
  • THE SWAN AND THE SNOWGOOSE, ages 5-8. (With CD reading by the author).
  • SNOOZIE’S FIRST CHRISTMAS, ages 4-6. (With CD reading by the author).
  • 2011, A CHRISTMAS VISIT, a Science Fiction Christmas story for all ages.

For schools, Alex gives an entertaining and informative presentation about writing stories for children. He also delights his audience with lively character voices, as he reads extracts from his stories.

If you would like to book Alex for an event please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email to ahambro4405@gmail.com
or by using the convenient form on the ORDERs page.