Photo by Rick Stark

Photo by Rick Stark

 

Alix Towler

I am documentary filmmaker, writer, and photographer based out of Portland, Maine. I have a BA in Photojournalism from UNC Chapel Hill and a graduate certificate in documentary photography and film from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art. 

The films I make draw from the rhythm and quietness of my practice in poetry and still photography. I love the slow process of unfolding that documentary requires. I take time with my subjects; I am a “come with” kind of filmmaker believing that the most revealing things often happen in mundane settings - at the gym on a Saturday morning as the weights lift and then lower again, cozied up on the living room couch with the cat who poses and purrs for the camera, crunching through a barnyard as goats and turkeys slowly dodge our boots and the dust we kick up.

I am drawn to document outsiders and oddities - the sex offender barred from apartments and jobs, the wildlife rehabber more comfortable with her animals than other people. I don’t want to dwell on the ways in which my subjects or their lives are different; I want to allow my audience the opportunity to feel connected to someone very different from themselves through quiet intimate scenes and unexpected moments of humor.