Alessandra Lichtenfeld was born and raised in a suburban wasteland on the outskirts of Los Angeles, otherwise known as Westlake Village. Drawn to film from a young age, Alessandra wrote her first script at age seven about an evil leprechaun. As she grew older, she came to greatly appreciate the powerful impact film and media had both on an emotional level within an audience and also the influence it had amongst a society and its cultural values.
In college, Alessandra further pursued these interests behind human perception and experience by studying psychology and linguistics, eventually focusing and publishing a paper on synesthesia, a condition in which senses are mixed together. These studies exposed her to new modes of thinking and continued to influence her creative work by inspiring her with new ways to portray emotions and situations amongst the fictional characters in her films.
Her studies at UC Berkeley coincided with the recession after the economic crash in 2008, and her exposure to a politically passionate environment fostered an immense value for documentary film in addition to her previous love for narrative. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, she focused much of her time towards social justice work, working and volunteering for a number of non-profits and documentary film organizations whose missions included promoting media for positive change. These include About-Face; GlobalGirl Media; Go for Broke National Education Center; View Film, Inc. (the filmmakers ofAmerican Winter)and Evergreen Productions (the filmmaker ofThe Queen of Versailles, Thin,and others).
Alessandra is excited to formally study film production at UT Austin and develop her technique in cinematic storytelling.