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Alan Brown is the recipient of many writing and directing awards, including Fulbright, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council for the Arts fellowships. His first film, O BEAUTIFUL, won the Future Filmmaker Award at the 2002 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and screened at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. His feature film debut, BOOK OF LOVE, was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2004. His second feature, SUPERHEROES, won numerous prizes, including the Feature Filmmaker’s Award at the 2007 Avignon/New York Film Festival and the Maverick Spirit Award at the 2008 Cinequest Film Festival. His next feature, PRIVATE ROMEO, a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, won a Grand Jury Prize at Outfest 2011 in Los Angeles and was a Critic’s Pick of The New York Times.
FIVE DANCES, his most recent feature, was the Opening Night Film at Lincoln Center’s 2013 Dance on Camera Film Festival and won many awards internationally, including Best Narrative Feature Film at the 2013 Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, and both the Audience and Jury Awards for Best Feature Film at the Rio LGBT International Film Festival.
Alan is the author of the acclaimed novel, AUDREY HEPBURN’S NECK, which won the Pacific Rim Book Prize and was translated into eight languages. As a journalist, Alan's assignments have taken him from the Antarctic to the Himalayas. He has covered arts and culture for numerous publications. A regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, he created programs for BBC Radio and was a contributing editor at Travel & Leisure magazine. His writing for Gourmet magazine was nominated for a James Beard Award.
Alan has been a guest artist and lecturer at schools and institutions worldwide, including Uganda’s Maisha Film Lab, Barcelona’s ESCAC, San Francisco State University, Sarah Lawrence College, the French Institute/Alliance Francais New York, University of North Carolina, University of Richmond, and The Latin School of Chicago. He is the recipient of many artist residency fellowships, including the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Blue Mt. Center, and the Bogliasco, Edward Albee, Djerassi, and Ucross Foundations. Alan lives in New York City. A long distance runner, he has competed in numerous road and trail races, including three Boston Marathons.