ALEX DAVIS-LAWRENCE is a filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Seattle, Alex is the co-founder and creative director of Moss, a literary journal of Pacific Northwest writing, and co-founder of WATCHTAPES, an ongoing interdisciplinary project that uses adult VHS tapes as the starting point for work in video, photography, print, and new media.
In print since 2014, Moss has been praised by outlets like LitHub, The Stranger, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Seattle Weekly, which described the journal as being “at the vanguard of Northwest literature.” In 2020, Universal Pictures optioned a short story from Moss – 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.
Other film projects in development include a horror feature based on Andrea Natella’s viral creation ‘This Man,’ and an experimental feature-length documentary project for Moss. Past 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.
Alex has directed, shot, and edited short documentary films on subjects like the art and landscape of Storm King Art Center, gamer culture and Magic: The Gathering, and the invention of the French Dip sandwich, along with numerous short profiles of writers, filmmakers, musicians, and more. He has shot artists like Nas, John Legend, and Biz Markie in concert, and in 2018 shot the music video for Hellogoodbye’s “Close” (Dir. Andrew Lee). He has edited music videos and concert visuals for artists like Joji, Rich Brian, Niki, and August 08, as well as an upcoming long-form album film for Guapdad 4000, Stoop Kid (Dir. Jason Ano). In 2020, as WATCHTAPES, he directed the music video for Lealani’s “Lonely Stars.”
Active since 2016, WATCHTAPES has made music videos, installations, and live visuals for labels like 100% Electronica, Chewing Foil, and OBEY Records, published print projects like 変態「HENTAI」 1987 – 1998 (a zine on media and desire) and I Like To Watch (a coffee table book of XXX VHS covers), and released a limited-edition VHS, Adult Viewing Materials 001 / Early Riser, with Condina Records.