Alicia directed XMAS WITHOUT CHINA (SXSW, PBS, Al Jazeera) with her favorite award for this documentary being "Best Comedy" at the Friars Club. Alicia directed key material with the main character of BULLY (TriBeCa, theatrical release) and was a director on the Independent Lens series THE CALLING. She produced her first fiction feature, HOSTILE BORDER (POCHA), which won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival (under the title MANIFEST DESTINY).
Alicia has directed two documentaries that have broadcast on PBS, including NINE TO NINETY, which premiered in Toronto at Hot Docs, qualified for the Academy by winning the USA Film Festival, was nominated for Best Short at the IDA International Documentary Awards and was selected for the American Film Showcase. Her feature documentary XMAS WITHOUT CHINA premiered at SXSW and has broadcast on PBS and Al Jazeera. Alicia’s work appeared in theaters nation-wide in the Emmy-nominated BULLY, for which she directed key material with the main character. She was associate producer of the Emmy Award-nominated HBO series PANDEMIC: FACING AIDS and of the Academy Award-winning feature documentary INTO THE ARMS OF STRANGERS. Alicia produced her first fiction feature film HOSTILE BORDER (POCHA), shot on location in México and Los Angeles for over nine weeks, which won the Audience Award for best fiction feature and a Special Jury Prize in directing at the Los Angles Film Festival and is distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films. Born in Santa Cruz, California, Alicia grew up in Australia, New York and Berlin. She studied German and Politics at Princeton University, and received her M.F.A. from USC film school. Now based in Los Angeles and México, Alicia has worked on many projects with filmmaker Juli Vizza and started Veracity Productions together with her brother and filmmaking partner Michael Dwyer, making cinema and media content for PBS, Interscope, The Jim Henson Company, The New York Times Magazine Online, Oprah.com, Essie Justice Group, carbonshack.com and The California Endowment.
Films by Alicia Dwyer
89 year-old Phyllis challenges the taboo of talking about death as she and her family make a surprising decision about end-of-life care. This beautiful, intimate short documentary provokes critical questions about how to grow old with dignity in America.