Alicia directed key material with the main character of BULLY (TriBeCa, The Weinstein Company) and was a director on the Independent Lens series THE CALLING. She recently produced her first fiction feature, POCHA (MANIFEST DESTINY), which won the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Alicia produced her first fiction feature film POCHA - MANIFEST DESTINY 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 2015. Alicia directed two recent documentaries, 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 2013 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. 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 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.