In 2014 I met Peter Alexander in his studio in Santa Monica. That first afternoon we spent together was throughly delightful and marked the beginning of a working relationship that would continue on and off for the next five years.
Over those years, Peter would call out of the blue and we would arrange another time to meet. I would show up, camera in tow, ready to continue our on-going conversations about his life and work. Peter's health was up and down throughout those years but each meeting with him was as captivating and rewarding as the last. I knew Peter trusted me and, as with every film I've done over the years, I hold that trust true.
During the course of our work together I was fortunate enough to meet many of the members of Peter's family, in particular his daughter Julia who entrusted me with tapes of her own conversations with her father from years earlier as well as home movies from Peter's days as a young man in his early twenties. Some of that material is in the film - thank you again Julia.
The resulting film is the labor of love you'll see below. The entire project was self-financed, I have never been compensated in any way for the work on this film and so I share it here with each of you.
In closing let me say that, after working with numerous artists over the course of my career, I've never met anyone whose company I enjoyed more than Peter's. I hope this film captures the essence of the pleasure it was for me to spend a bit of time with him.