Alek Keshishian

Director, Screenwriter, Violinist
Young Harvard-educated director of music videos (Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," Elton John's "Sacrifice" and Vanessa Williams's "He's Got the Look") selected by pop diva Madonna to helm a feature-length documentary ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1964 in Beirut, , LB

Filmography

Director (5)

Love and Other Disasters 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Inside Victoria's Secret 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

With Honors 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

MTV's 10th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Truth Or Dare 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

Daisy Does America 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Love and Other Disasters 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

W.E. 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Love and Other Disasters 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

Love and Other Disasters 2006 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Biography

Young Harvard-educated director of music videos (Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," Elton John's "Sacrifice" and Vanessa Williams's "He's Got the Look") selected by pop diva Madonna to helm a feature-length documentary about her four-month Blond Ambition Tour. "Truth or Dare: On the Road, Behind the Scenes, and in Bed With Madonna" (1991) marked Keshishian's feature debut. Given complete access to the star's most intimate moments, he fashioned a controversial yet intelligent film that aroused curiosity about its sexually explicit exhibitionism even before its debut at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. Keshishian's first fiction film, "With Honors" (1994), starred Joe Pesci as a homeless man who teaches a few Harvard students the meaning of life.

EDUCATION

St Paul's Preparatory School

Concord , New Hampshire
graduated summa cum laude after his junior year

Boston Conservatory of Music and Drama

Boston , Massachusetts
began studying at age 11

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris
studied one year after deferring admission to Harvard

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1986
graduated summa cum laude

Milestones

2011

Reunited with Madonna to co-write the screenplay for period drama "W.E."; Madonna directed film

2006

Wrote and directed the romantic comedy "Love and Other Disasters," starring Brittany Murphy

2001

Helmed a commercial for the Japanese soft drink Love Body, featuring actress Heather Graham

1999

Reteamed with Madonna for a commercial for Max Factor cosmetics shown in the U.K.

1994

Directed first fiction film, "With Honors"

1991

Directed first documentary feature, "Truth or Dare" (after originally scheduled director David Fincher dropped out), featuring Madonna during her Blond Ambition tour

1986

Staged senior thesis project, a pop opera adaptation of "Wuthering Heights" (using music by Kate Bush, Billy Idol and Madonna), at the American Repertory Theater on a budget of $2,000

1969

Began playing violin at age five (date approximate)

Began ballet dancing at St. Paul's School; also directed theater

Directed TV commercials for Volkswagen, Coca-Cola and other projects

Acted at Harvard; also directed Harvard's Experimental Theater beginning sophomore year

Toured nationally with American Children's Theater

Moved to Boston and then Manchester, New Hampshire

Sang lead roles with Boston Lyric Opera

Bonus Trivia

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Keshishian was offered positions with both the Joffrey and NYC Ballets during a summer scholarship study at NYC Ballet's School of American Ballet.

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The opera "Wuthering Heights" Keshishian staged at Harvard was the first senior thesis allowed in the form of a theater piece.

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Keshishian's thesis was shown to Madonna by CAA agents and he was subsequently invited to shoot her concert documentary "Truth or Dare."

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