Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Alison came to international attention when her short film Kitchen Sink was nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and won eight awards at festivals worldwide. She followed up her success with two feature films: Crush, which was an official selection at Cannes, and Jesus’ Son which won the Little Gold Lion at the Venice Film Festival and earned Alison a Best Director nomination. She has also directed episodes of the critically acclaimed series Sex and the City, Carnivale, The Tudors, The L-Word, and Gossip Girl. In addition to her impressive narrative work, Alison co-directed the documentary Persons of Interest, which screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, and the comedic documentary/narrative hybrid Intolerable, which screened at the Edinburg, Toronto, L.A., and Hamptons International Film festivals. She has directed multiple spots for Allstate, Athenos, AT&T, Acura, Honda, Ikea, Honeywell and Intel. Alison has brought her unique blend of sharp, deadpan humor and pathos to her commercial work.
For the last two decades, Alison has made New York her home. She currently lives in Brooklyn.