Alysa Nahmias is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Los Angeles-based production company Ajna Films. Alysa’s directorial debut feature, UNFINISHED SPACES, co-directed with Benjamin Murray, won a 2012 Spirit Award, numerous festival prizes, and is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her directing credits also include the feature documentary THE NEW BAUHAUS (2019).
As a producer, Alysa’s most recent film is the Emmy-nominated and Sundance award-winning UNREST (2017) directed by Jennifer Brea, and as an executive producer WHAT WE LEFT UNFINISHED directed by Mariam Ghani which premiered at the Berlinale and SFFILM Festival (2019) and Rebecca Richman Cohen's WEED AND WINE (2020). Alysa's producing credits also include: the Los Angeles Film Festival award-winning scripted feature NO LIGHT AND NO LAND ANYWHERE (2016) by director Amber Sealey with executive producer Miranda July; and AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ directed by Nancy Buirski with creative advisor Martin Scorsese (2013). As a consulting producer, Nahmias frequently advises on films such as Academy Award-nominated director Jennifer Redfearn's TOCANDO LA LUZ (2015), Hao Wu's PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE, and Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake’s WEED THE PEOPLE (2018).
Alysa’s work has been shown at festivals and exhibitions worldwide, including Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW, HotDocs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, CPH:DOX, Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Sound + Vision, and has been released theatrically in the US and UK, exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale, and broadcast on platforms including Netflix, PBS, and HBO. Alysa is the documentary advisor for Film Independent's Global Media Makers program and the Sundance Catalyst Forum. She is a 2019 Sundance Institute Momentum Fellow and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.