Alexis Krasilovsky

Born in Alaska, Alexis Krasilovsky grew up in New York. After studying film and art history at Yale University, she embarked on a career as an independent filmmaker and holographer. Krasilovsky was the first to include the film techniques of zooming and dissolving in a motion picture hologram, Created and Consumed by Light (1975). Her pro-choice hologram, Childbirth Dream, was exhibited at the Georges Pompidou Center and other museums and festivals here and abroad. She later received an MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts. As head of her own production company - Rafael Film, LLC - Krasilovsky has written, directed, and produced numerous documentaries, video-poems, and art films, including End of the World, Exile, What Memphis Needs, and Blood. Her global documentary feature, Women Behind the Camera (and the shorter version, Shooting Women - both at, won five Best Documentary awards, as well as a Tribute Award "for achievement in independent cinema" from the San Francisco Women's Film Festival and a lifetime achievement award from the Gdansk DocFilm Festival.

Meeting other filmmakers at festivals around the world that have screened her work compelled Krasilovsky to think transitionally and transculturally, addressing the perils and pleasures of pastry in Let Them Eat Cake with the help of co-producers and unit producers from Bangladesh, France, India, Japan, Mexico, Peru, the Republic of Guinea, Turkey, and other countries. (

Alexis Krasilovsky is Professor Emerita in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Northridge, where she has taught film production, screenwriting, and media theory and criticism. She is the co-author of the book Shooting Women: Behind the Camera, Around the World (Intellect Books and University of Chicago Press, 2015) and author of Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling (Routledge - 2nd Place Winner, 2019 International Writers Awards), as well as author (under the pseudonym Alexis Rafael) of the novel Sex and the Cyborg Goddess, a portrait of a filmmaker as a young woman (and winner of the 2018 Irwin Award for Best #MeToo Novel of the Year). Her most recent book, Watermelon Linguistics: New and Selected Poems (Cyberwit - Finalist, 2022 International Book Awards in the Poetry-General category), includes several poems from the soundtracks of her experimental films.

Krasilovsky is a member of the International Documentary Association, GreenLight Women, Women in Film, and the Writers Guild of America/West. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Kim Gottlieb-Walker

The following DVDs are available in a limited edition signed by the filmmaker:

End of the Art World: $75 Home Use / $275 Institutional Use

Blood: $50 Home Use / $275 Instutional Use

Mr. Boogie Woogie: $75 Home Use / $200 Institutional Use

Beale Street: $50 Home Use / $245 Institutional Use

Exile: $245 Institutional use

Epicenter U.: $65 Home Use / $245 Institutional Use

Some Women Writers Kill Themselves: Selected Videopoems and Poems by Alexis Krasilovsky: $75 Home Use / $275 Institutional Use

Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Beale Street courtesy of Ernest Withers.