Alison Chernick is a New York based writer/director and filmmaker.
In award winning documentaries profiling major contemporary artists, Chernick has succeeded in capturing the thoughts and processes of this century's most prolific visual artists. Creating a bridge between contemporary art and film, Chernick initially conceived a series profiling artists for television, and launched an artist expose series for Rainbow-Media with her first feature film entitled THE JEFF KOONS SHOW. THE JEFF KOONS SHOW went on to have international theatrical distribution and is available on iTunes. She completed her second feature length documentary on contemporary artist Matthew Barney entitled MATTHEW BARNEY: NO RESTRAINT which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was acquired for theatrical distribution by IFC and The Weinstein Company. Her short film THE ARTIST IS ABSENT on artist/designer Martin Margiela premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. Her most recent feature, ITZHAK, was awarded opening night film at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2017 and will have a theatrical run before airing on American Masters Pictures/PBS in Spring of 2018. Chernick is known for creating compelling portraits using cinema verite style.
Amongst other commissions, the Tate modern commissioned her to do a film on Roy Lichtenstein to accompany his retrospective in 2012. Her art documentaries have been screened at various museums around the world, including the five Guggenheims, The Smithsonian, SFMOMA, and The Walker. She is the recipient of a NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR HUMANITIES award in 2017 for ITZHAK, the 2017 recipient of the NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television), along with a Loreen Arbus grant and a Woman of Her Word grant. Other awards include a Patricia Highsmith-Plangman residency award, a Promax award for HBO and a Best Screenwriter award for a short film.
Chernick’s past writing credits include the Sundance Channel, Showtime, Sci-Fi, MTV, VH1, The History Channel, and National Geographic. Chernick started Voyeur Films, a film production company in 2005. She was signed for global representation in commercial directing in 2011. She does short films on topics of art, fashion, music, gastronomy and healthcare. She is currently working on a narrative film.