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Alison Klayman

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About Alison
Alison Klayman is an independent documentary filmmaker based in New York, United States of America and Tokyo, Japan.
Languages
English Hebrew Chinese (Mandarin)
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Documentaries Fact Checking
Skills
Arts & Books Film & Theatre Fact Checking
Portfolio

White Hot: The Rise and Fall Of Abercrombie and Fitch

19 Jun 2024  |  Paperblog
The documentary 'White Hot: The Rise and Fall Of Abercrombie and Fitch' directed by Alison Klayman, available on Netflix, explores the history of the clothing brand Abercrombie and Fitch. It highlights the brand's rise to popularity and its subsequent decline, touching on issues like exclusionary practices and toxic corporate culture. The film attempts to balance nostalgia with critical examination but falls short of deep investigative journalism. It includes references to Jeffrey Epstein and mentions other Netflix documentaries. The review is mixed, noting both the documentary's appeal to nostalgia and its failure to fully address serious issues.

Dissident at the Doorstep: Episode 5: Guangcheng’s Year of Living Famously

03 Feb 2024  |  podcasts.apple.com
Following a tense negotiation between the US and China, Guangcheng arrives in the United States to a hero’s welcome. He gives speeches, wins awards, and tries to adjust to life in New York, hosted by NYU. However, cracks start to emerge beneath the glamorous facade.

“THE BRINK”: “What would Leni Riefenstahl do?”

07 May 2019  |  Butler's Cinema Scene
The documentary 'The Brink' by Alison Klayman follows Steve Bannon post-White House as he promotes economic nationalism and influences right-wing politics globally. Despite his controversial reputation, Bannon is portrayed as a complex figure with a mix of charm and contentious actions. The film provides unprecedented access to Bannon's personal and professional life, though it stops short of being a complete hatchet job. The documentary concludes with the 2018 mid-term elections, suggesting Bannon's continued influence despite setbacks.

"The 100 Years Show" teaser for the documentary short film about Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera. She is a pioneering abstract painter who began working in the 40s and 50s, but only recently found recognition from the art world as she approaches her 100th birthday.

"The Night Witch" -- an Op-Doc for The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine. This short animated film explores the life of Nadezhda Popova, known as Nadia, who became a World War II hero as part of a Soviet all-female bombing regiment. First published as a collaboration between The New York Times Magazine and The New York Times Op-Docs Series in December 2013, this short has gone on to play at (and win) international festivals. It also screened in for 10 weeks at the IFC Center in 2014.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry -- feature documentary theatrical trailer

Brown’s ‘Rape List,’ Revisited

25 Sep 2014  |  www.nytimes.com
The public debate on sexual assault on college campuses often centers on consent, but this Op-Doc video addresses the aftermath of assault findings, criticizing lenient punishments like those at Brown University, where a student found responsible for sexual assault was allowed to return to campus. The video argues for more severe consequences and provides historical context, referencing a 1990 incident at Brown known as the 'Date Rape List' and the need for universities to handle these cases effectively.

Brown’s ‘Rape List,’ Revisited

25 Sep 2014  |  nytimes.com
The public debate on sexual assault on college campuses often centers on the definition of 'consent,' but this Op-Doc video addresses the aftermath when a university finds a student responsible for sexual misconduct. Highlighting a case at Brown University where a student found responsible for sexual assault was allowed to return to campus, the video argues for more severe punishments that reflect the offense's gravity. It also provides historical context by referencing a 1990 incident at Brown known as the 'Date Rape List' and calls for universities to handle these cases more thoroughly.

‘We Want to Flourish’

05 Jun 2014  |  Foreign Policy
Shen Yitong, originally from China, embraced Egypt as her second home while studying French at Cairo University. The 2011 Egyptian revolution impacted the Chinese expat community, including Shen, who later pursued a Master's degree in Paris. A short film captures her life in Cairo, highlighting her friendship with Asma El Nagar, an Egyptian who works for a Chinese company and studied Mandarin. Their bond is showcased through shared meals and conversations, reflecting the cultural and personal ties between Chinese expats and Egypt.

The Night Witch

20 Dec 2013  |  nytimes.com
The article commemorates Nadezhda Popova, a member of the Soviet Union's all-female 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known as the Night Witches, who passed away in July. The Night Witches were the world's first female combat flight pilots, using stealth tactics against German forces during World War II. The piece reflects on the fairy-tale quality of their story and the matter-of-factness with which these women viewed their service. It also discusses the historical marginalization of women's combat roles post-war and the gradual policy changes in the United States Air Force, including the lifting of the ban on women flying fighter jets and bombers in 1993 and the end of the ground combat exclusion rule announced by former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

The Night Witch

20 Dec 2013  |  www.nytimes.com
The article commemorates Nadezhda Popova, a member of the Soviet Union's all-female 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known as the Night Witches. It highlights their significant yet underrecognized contributions during World War II and discusses the broader context of women in combat roles, including changes in U.S. military policies. The narrative is enriched by a short film created in collaboration with animator Dustin Grella, emphasizing the fairy-tale quality of the Night Witches' story while acknowledging the harsh realities of war.

‘An Attack on Equality’

07 Aug 2013  |  www.nytimes.com
In New York City, a gay-friendly city with legalized gay marriage, a same-sex couple, Nick Porto and Kevin Atkins, were attacked in broad daylight outside Madison Square Garden. The assailants, wearing Knicks jerseys, hurled homophobic slurs and inflicted injuries including a torn ligament and a broken nose. This incident reflects a troubling rise in antigay hate crimes in the city, with a 70 percent increase reported by the NYPD compared to the previous year. The production team of the video documenting this story also experienced intolerance, observing both negative reactions and support from the public.

‘An Attack on Equality’

07 Aug 2013  |  nytimes.com
In New York City, a gay-friendly city with legalized gay marriage, a same-sex couple, Nick Porto and Kevin Atkins, were attacked in broad daylight outside Madison Square Garden. The assailants, wearing Knicks jerseys, hurled homophobic slurs and inflicted injuries including a torn ligament and a broken nose. This incident reflects a troubling rise in antigay hate crimes in the city, with a 70 percent increase reported by the NYPD compared to the previous year. The production team of the video documenting this story also experienced intolerance, observing both negative reactions and support from the public.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

14 Jun 2012  |  IMDb
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a documentary directed by Alison Klayman that explores the life and activism of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The film highlights Weiwei's artistic achievements and his bold stance against the Chinese government's censorship and human rights abuses. It covers his involvement in the Sichuan Earthquake Names Project, his criticism of the Beijing Olympics, and his use of social media to organize resistance. The documentary also touches on Weiwei's personal history, including his father's persecution and his own experiences in New York. Despite not delving deeply into Weiwei's personal life, the film is an inspiring portrayal of an artist willing to risk his safety for his beliefs.

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?

01 Jan 1970  |  PBS.org
The documentary 'Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei?' provides an intimate look at Ai Weiwei, an artist often likened to China's Andy Warhol. Utilizing his global fame, Ai Weiwei employs video and a burgeoning underground Twitter presence to challenge the limits of freedom in contemporary China.
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