Alex Heller is a filmmaker, animator and comedian working between Oslo, New York, and her parents' basement in Chicago. Her work covers a wide spectrum of mental health awareness, bullying prevention, and the fear of dicks.
Her most recent short film Handjob played at the Chicago International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival, and follows a preteen revelation that dicks can tear people apart. She directed Word, a sitcom pilot Executive-Produced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and has worked as an animator under Nickelodeon artist Eric Patrick and Disney composer Robert M. Charde. She has also written for Reductress and The Onion News Network.
Alex's upcoming work includes her first feature film, The Year Between, in development with Full Spectrum Features (Signature Move, SXSW 2017) brings awareness to Bipolar Disorder through a comedic lens, showing a full picture of mental illness through a grotesque anti-heroine's dull adventures. Broad City meets manic depression. Alex is also currently in post-production with New York-based project Bayberry, a carnival-like virtual reality experience about gender identity, a collaboration with New York Times cinematographer, Julia Irwin. Whether working in comedy, social justice, or both, Alex uses truthful, bad ass female characters to tell her stories.
As a comic, Alex has opened for Jen Kober, Adam Devine, and Nick Offerman. In Chicago, She is the winner of StorySlam Oslo (the Norwegian Moth), and will be competing for the national title in November of 2017. Alex will also be featured on the upcoming season of Norway's Got Talent. In Chicago (the scene of mom and dad's basement), Alex is a regular performer on Helltrap Nightmare, a monthly comedy-horror show that has been featured in Time Out Chicago and the Chicago Reader.
How did she end up in Norway? In 2013, Alex began an independent research study funded by Northwestern University on bullying prevention in Norwegian primary schools. Years went by, and she took a liking to Scandinavia. Alex's bullying prevention animated films have been featured in Forbes Magazine and at the Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival.