Alex Heller is a filmmaker and comedian working between Oslo, New York, and her parents' basement in Chicago. Her work covers a wide spectrum of mental health awareness, bullying prevention, and the fear of dicks. Alex's upcoming work includes her first feature film, THE YEAR BETWEEN, in development with Full Spectrum Features (SIGNATURE MOVE, SXSW 2017). The story brings awareness to bipolar disorder through a comedic lens, showing a full picture of mental illness through a grotesque anti-heroine's dull adventures. In addition to being selected for the TFI Network, The Year Between was one of five projects selected for AT&T Presents: Untold Stories, the million-dollar pitch at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Alex's most recent short film HANDJOB played at the Chicago International Film Festival won Best Comedy at the CineYouth Festival. HANDJOB also won the Audience Award at the Ivy Film Festival, the world's largest college film festival. The film follows a preteen revelation that dicks can tear people apart. Alex is also currently in post-production with New York-based project BAYBERRY, a carnival-like virtual reality experience about gender identity, a collaboration with New York Times cinematographer, Julia Irwin and actor/filmmaker Lio Mehiel. Whether working in comedy, social justice, or both, Alex uses truthful, irreverent characters to tell her stories.
As a comic, Alex has opened for Jen Kober, Adam Devine, and Nick Offerman. She is the winner of StorySlam Oslo (the Norwegian Moth), and was a featured storyteller on this season of Norway's Got Talent, before she was ultimately kicked off. Alex researched Norwegian bullying prevention methods in Oslo in 2013, and has been hanging around ever since. Follow Alex on Instagram at @thementallytrillest, where she creates mental health memes and collects anecdotal video stories from her community.