Alexis Ostrander is an award-winning and Emmy nominated director. Since graduating from Syracuse University, she has worked consistently in film and television, starting out in documentaries before segueing into narrative storytelling. In 2014 she was a participant in the 40th annual AFI Directing Workshop for Women.
Alexis received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant, Creative District Grant, Impact First Films Grant, and The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation Grant to enable her to make her first short film, THE HAIRCUT, premiering at AFI Fest in 2014. It has since played over 45 festivals, garnering 13 awards. In 2016 Alexis was selected for the Ryan Murphy Half Foundation Mentorship Program and subsequently directed the penultimate episode of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE for FX. She was a participant in the Fox Filmmakers Lab and Fox Global Directors Initiative and was a drama fellow for the apprenticeship program on HOMELAND.
Alexis was one of five directors in the inaugural Warner Bros. Emerging Film Directors Workshop, leading her to direct the grounded sci-fi short film, SENSUM, which premiered on HBO Go. After completing the 2017 Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop, she has gone on to direct episodes of RIVERDALE, SHADOWHUNTERS, THE ARRANGEMENT, DEADLY CLASS, PEARSON, SUPERGIRL, SERVANT, SWAMP THING, IMPULSE, CONDOR, SEAL TEAM, and NANCY DREW. In 2018 Alexis directed the pilot episode of LIGHT AS A FEATHER on Hulu, for which she received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Digital Drama Series.
In January 2020, The Alice Initiative named Alexis one of twenty “Emerging Female Directors” in The Hollywood Reporter. She is currently in development on RED ROSE CREW for 101 Studios and Sports Illustrated Studios which she is set to direct and executive produce. She has written a guest post for Indiewire: “Here’s Why Female-Driven Films Are Important Right Now.”
Alexis is represented by CAA.