The Haircut
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Narrative Short
Release date:
May 23, 2015
0 hours 14 minutes
Alexis O. Korycinski
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It’s 1976 and petite 18-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academies. Under incredible emotional and physical strain, Amy struggles to survive her first day, battling vicious sexism, swallowing self-doubt, and fighting to prove she has what it takes.


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About the Filmmaker

Alexis O. Korycinski

Alexis O. Korycinski is an award-winning filmmaker with a penchant for raw, human stories. She has directed narrative and documentary films and has written a guest post for Indiewire: “Here’s Why Female-Driven Films Are Important Right Now.” Alexis’s first directing project after attending Syracuse University was one of passion: “Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America,” narrated by Katey Sagal. “Defining Beauty” premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2011 and garnered the Audience Award for Best Documentary as well as numerous awards in other festivals. Alexis went on to produce documentaries for History, TLC, Travel Channel, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and The Society of Camera Operator Awards. Since finding documentary success, Alexis has been steadily transitioning toward narrative content development with a variety of collaborative and independent projects.

As part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, Alexis recently directed “The Haircut,” which premiered at AFI FEST, starring Bailey Noble (True Blood) and Molly Quinn (Castle). Last year, Alexis directed “Ballon,” a short inspired by her own observations in the gritty world of professional dance, starring Shelby Rabara (Jon M. Chu/Paramount’s LXD), Caitlin Carver (The Fosters, VH1’s Hit the Floor), Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee, Revenge of the Green Dragons) and Caitlin Kinney (SYTYCD). Alexis got her start when she was selected for the inaugural Aaron “Sorkin Week” immersion program where she worked on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” After graduating, she assisted Thomas Schlamme on “Life on Mars.” It was then she knew she wanted to pursue a career as a narrative director. Alexis also spends her days developing content for Spotted Cow Entertainment and writing film and television projects with her husband. Alexis is represented by Don Buchwald & Associates.


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