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Alexander Kaminer

Alexander Kaminer was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. After the national conflict, his parents fled to Israel where they settled as "new immigrants". There he graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree and soon enough was dispatched to the military service. After demobilization, fortune played his way and he ended up in Los Angeles. In his early teen years Alexander thought about writing and even tried to write a novel. Only after he arrived in Los Angeles did he finally go back to it. While writing, he was very intrigued by the idea of characterization of his own heroes, began impersonating them and fell in love with the process. He studied with Jack Colvin (reporter Jack McGee in "The Incredible Hulk" television franchise) for six years and mastered the famous Michael Chekhov acting technique. You can catch him on LifeTime channel, in Patricia Cardoso's, "Lies in Plain Sight", "MacGyver", "The Brave", various commercials and theatre plays and a recurring character in HBO's acclaimed series Barry. In addition to his stage and film career, Alexander Kaminer is an accomplished voice over actor and a stuntman (SEAL Team). In 2017, with the help and vision of his wife, Katherine Lujan, Alexander formed his own movie company, Kaminer Studios. Its goal is to fuse quality art films with social issues of today. The company will concentrate on projects with a social-cultural orientation and address phenomena that reflects the essence of human existence. LIFT is the company's first feature length production and Alexander's debut as a director.


LIFT new film is up!

LIFT is raw and unpredictable. It screams to find itself in this world, like a newborn child whose mother's womb can no longer supply. It comes out of its own will to survive and live; its matter is uncontrollable, a creation of its self, it must be and it has to reach.

I wrote LIFT in a week and it was one of those scripts that screamed to come out of me. Nothing was forced and thought of, it simply wrote itself onto the script. In the beginning we tried to raise money, but all in vein and I've abandoned the project for a year.

Then Indie Activity published an article about me (and I still don't know how they found me) and about the process of filmmaking and what it takes and by answering their questions I answered my own doubts and insecurities and then: Alas! I knew how to do it!

I didn't relish in difficulties of making a feature film at all and started researching and building my own gear. I guess my Mechanical Engineering degree came at a use after all! haha

A friend of mine consulted me on a couple of sound issues. We tested it and then rigged the interior of my daughter's car with lapel mics - all four of them and a zoom H4N as a back up.

Then I used my iPad as a monitor and a Tether Tools WiFi element to connect and control my Nikon D810 which was mounted on the hood of the car and secured by strap belts. Oi!

Here's the fun part! I was in the trunk of the car the whole time! Once the actors were inside, I said, "action!" and we drove around Los Angeles as a little production house on the wheels and made LIFT!


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