Alex Epstein

Alex Epstein is a writer for television and movies, and author of the books Crafty Screenwriting and Crafty TV Writing. He co-created the comic drama television series Naked Josh for the Oxygen Network (U.S.A.) and Showcase (in Canada); it ran for three seasons. He’s been nominated twice for a Canadian Screenwriting Award for his work on the show. He did the production rewrite on Bon Cop / Bad Cop, a bilingual buddy cop comedy starring Patrick Huard and Colm Feore. The movie broke the all-time Canadian box office record for a Canadian picture and won the Genie for Best Picture; Epstein and his co-writers were nominated for the Jutra Prize for Best Screenplay and won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Film Writing.

His 2002 book, Crafty Screenwriting, has sold over 15,000 copies. His second book, Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box, came out in 2006. He has directed two comedic shorts: Twelve Ways to Say “I’m Sorry”, which premiered at the 2007 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival; and in 2010 he wrote and directed the teen vampire sex comedy, You Are So Undead. Before writing full time, Epstein was a development executive at various production companies in Los Angeles, working with such directors as Lord Richard Attenborough and John Badham (Saturday Night Fever), and helped develop many independent pictures. Other screenwriting credits include Maarten Kroonenburg’s Old Birds.

In 2012 he wrote/directed an animated trilogy around relationships and cheese: Grilled Cheese, Tartine and Mixed Marriage.

He also directed Role Play.

His latest bravoFACT is the short film Winter Garden, which will screen as part of Stage to Screen, a commemorative project marking the 100th anniversary of The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre.