ALEX DAVIS-LAWRENCE is a filmmaker and creative director based in Los Angeles
with a wide-ranging background in film development and production, publishing, and design.
Born and raised in Seattle, Alex is the co-founder and creative director of MOSS, a literary journal of Pacific Northwest writing. In print since 2014, the journal has been praised by outlets like The Stranger, Portland Mercury, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Seattle Weekly, which described Moss as being “at the vanguard of Northwest literature.” In 2020, Universal Pictures optioned a short story from Moss: Volume Two – Leyna Krow’s ‘Sinkhole’ – for adaptation into a feature film starring Issa Rae and produced by Jordan Peele, with Alex and Leyna attached as Executive Producers.
In 2017, Alex partnered with Sarah Snow and Louis Sallerson, producers of Slender Man (Sony Pictures), to develop horror features based on other modern urban legends, with films based on ‘This Man’ and Santa Muerte currently in development. Other film highlights include co-producing a 2018 short film based on the Uncharted video game series starring Nathan Fillion and Stephen Lang, and producing Mario Pena’s The Book of Joe, a short film that premiered at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival.
As a documentary filmmaker, Alex has produced, directed, shot, and edited short films and projects for non-profit institutions, including Storm King Art Center, UC Berkeley, the ACLU of Washington, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Seattle Pacific Science Center, as well as for commercial clients, including Adobe, Visa, T-Mobile, Microsoft, Intel, Spotify, and GE. Projects have ranged from profiling the groundskeeper of a sculpture park in New York, to touring a plastics manufacturing plant in Virginia, to exploring the controversial invention of the French Dip sandwich at a lunch counter in Los Angeles. He is currently developing a long-form documentary project for Moss.
In 2016, Alex partnered with Kris Hattori to form WATCHTAPES, an ongoing multimedia project that uses adult VHS tapes and other ephemera as the starting point for work in video, photography, print, and new media. As Watchtapes, Alex has made music videos and installations and performed live visuals for labels like 100% Electronica, Chewing Foil, and OBEY Records. Recent physical releases include 変態「HENTAI」 1987 – 1998, a print zine on media and desire; I Like To Watch, a coffee table book of XXX VHS covers; and Adult Viewing Materials 001, a combination VHS and audiocassette release with Condina Records. In 2020, Watchtapes released a music video (“Lonely Stars”) for Lealani’s re-issue of Fantastic Planet.
Other music highlights include shooting artists like Nas, John Legend, and Biz Markie in concert, and shooting a music video for Hellogoodbye (“Close,” Dir. Andrew Lee) in 2018. Since 2020, he’s worked frequently as an editor with 88rising, a record label with a focus on Asian and Asian American artists, where his work has included music videos, performances, and other visuals for artists like Joji, Rich Brian, Niki, Jay Som, and Guapdad 4000, along with sponsored projects for companies like Guess, Toyota, Johnnie Walker, and HBO.