Alysa Nahmias

Director/Producer
AJNA

Alysa Nahmias is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of AJNA, a boutique independent production company based in Los Angeles. Alysa’s directorial debut feature UNFINISHED SPACES won a 2012 Independent Spirit Award, numerous festival prizes, and is in the permanent collection at MoMA, New York. Her directing credits also include THE NEW BAUHAUS (2019) and the forthcoming documentary KRIMES. Alysa produced the Emmy-nominated, Academy Award-shortlisted, and Sundance Jury Award-winning UNREST (2017) directed by Jennifer Brea. Her films have been exhibited at top film festivals and museums, including Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW, Deauville, and the Venice Biennale, and distribution partners have included Netflix, HBO, Factory 25, and PBS.

Alysa's producing credits also include the scripted feature NO LIGHT AND NO LAND ANYWHERE (2016) directed by Amber Sealey with executive producer Miranda July; WEED & WINE (2020) directed by Rebecca Richman Cohen; WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED (2019) directed by Mariam Ghani; and AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ directed by Nancy Buirski with creative advisor Martin Scorsese (2013). As a consulting producer, Alysa frequently advises on films such as Academy Award-nominated director Jennifer Redfearn's TOCANDO LA LUZ and Hao Wu's PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE. Her work has been shown at festivals and exhibitions worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, released theatrically, and distributed globally. Alysa is a 2019 Sundance Momentum Fellow and co-author of the groundbreaking Sundance Creative Distribution Case Study on UNREST. She recently co-founded FWD-Doc as an ally who is committed to advocating for disability rights and inclusion, and she is a member of the Documentary Producers Alliance and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Alysa holds a masters degree in Architecture, Media + Modernity from Princeton University and a B.A. from New York University.

Alysa’s current projects include directing KRIMES, a unique portrait of an artist who smuggles subversive artwork out of prison; producing THAT'S HOW WE ROLL, a personal view of the wealth gap through the lives of mobile home park residents; producing RAISING KHAN, a verite tale of the healing friendship between a young war veteran and an orphaned ocelot in the Amazon Rainforest; and executive producing DIS-EASE, an archival account of our long “war on disease.