The youngest director named by The New York Times on an international list of 20 Directors to Watch, Alison Klayman directs and produces timely, intimate films with larger-than-life figures.
Klayman’s debut feature documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, premiered in 2012 at Sundance and was awarded a Special Jury Prize. It premiered internationally at Berlinale, was shortlisted for an Academy Award and nominated for two Emmys, and was one of the highest-grossing films of 2012 directed by a woman. Klayman’s newest films include Unfinished Business (Tribeca 2022), a documentary about the WNBA that was broadcast on ESPN and released on Amazon Prime in May 2023; the Netflix Original, White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch, about the disturbing legacy of an iconic American fashion brand; and the HBO documentary, Jagged (TIFF 2021), which looks back at Alanis Morissette’s album “Jagged Little Pill” with a contemporary lens. Other notable films include The Brink (Sundance 2019), through which Klayman followed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for over a year, and the Emmy & BAFTA-nominated Netflix Original, Take Your Pills (SXSW 2018), about the role of prescription stimulants in a hyper-competitive, overly medicated America.
Currently based in Brooklyn, Klayman is a member of the DGA and AMPAS.