Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Alex Morelli

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Alex Morelli is an artist and filmmaker based in Chicago. Drawing on personal, observational, and archival practices, he makes films that examine intergenerational memory, carceral landscapes, and the relationship between place and identity. He was a 2017-18 Harvard Film Study Center Fellow, a 2019 Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow, a 2021 LEF-CIFF Fellow, and a 2021 Gotham Documentary Feature Lab participant.

At MacDowell, Morelli worked on editing his experimental documentary feature, Untitled Death Row Memory Film, a 16mm essay tracing his fraught collaboration with an incarcerated artist attempting to volunteer for execution. He and the project were recognized in 2022 by Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and more recently he was awarded an IL Humanities Envisioning Justice Grant.



Alex Morelli worked in the Mixter studio.

Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The lush forest has now grown…

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