Writer. Filmmaker. Feminist. Environmentalist. Entrepreneur. Innovator. Strategist. Humanist. Renaissentist.
Alex Garcia Topete is a writer and filmmaker with more than 15 years of experience working in the media industry in Mexico and the United States, having worked in series development for Sony Pictures Television International (2010), as executive producer for shows on National Public Radio’s digital platform (2010), and as writer-director of sketch shows for Mexico’s Televisa del Golfo (2006-2007), among others. He has written, directed, and produced the independent features Trippers (2010) and Vamps, Blood & Smoking Guns (2012), as well as the independent sitcom The Realty (2019-), the edutainment web series HablandoTV (2015-) and the docu-series Our Americas (2016-). In addition, Alex has been a festival programmer since 2007 for several film festivals, including the Dallas International Film Festival and the Festival de Cine Latino Americano of North Texas (FDCLA), of which he’s an original co-founder.
Alex is also a researcher and entrepreneur currently pursuing a dual master’s degree and doctorate in Arts, Technology and Emerging Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas, focusing on transdisciplinary intelligence & collaboration methodologies, particularly as they relate to the creative industries and their relationship to technology and diverse audiences.
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Lead Programmer – Dallas International Film Festival, Dallas, TX. 2007 – Present
Screen and rate films, write reviews, help with translation of documents or of guests during the festival, and assist with regular clerical tasks in the office.
Translator & Writer – Alt.Latino, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C. 2010
Translated and wrote blog articles regarding the alternative latino music scene.
Executive Producer – Intern Edition, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C. Fall 2010
Managed the production of the program Intern Edition (www.npr.org/internedition/fall10).
Development – Sony Pictures Television International Production, Culver City, CA. June-August 2010
Evaluated written and visual production materials, helped maintain production/development information of programming, formatted scripts, among other tasks developing programming.
Co-founder & Entertainment Vice-President – UTD TV (utdtv.com), Richardson, TX. 2009 – 2011 Supervised the development and production of content, and served as editor, producer, and writer-director.
Writer/Contributor – A Modest Proposal Student Publication (amputd.com), Richardson, TX. 2007 – 2011
Wrote, copy-edited, proofread, and did photo-illustrations and layout design for the publication.
Playwright – “Pregopastores de la Calle Belén”, Espacio Cultural Metropolitano, Tampico, Mexico. 2006
Was part of the team of writers who developed the play, directed by René Orozco.
Scriptwriter & Director – “Tal Para Cual” TV Show, Televisa del Golfo, Tampico, Mexico. 2006 – 2008
Wrote scripts, directed sketches, edited capsules, and developed general ideas for the two-hour-long daytime family show, broadcast live in-state and on cable nationwide.
University of Texas at Dallas
B.A. Film Studies and Creative Writing
Minors: Political Science & Philosophy
Graduated Summa Cum Laude with Major & CV honors.
The University of Texas System – Bill Archer Fellowship Fall 2010
University of Texas at Dallas – Eugene McDermott Scholars 2007
Jules Verne International Science Fiction Award, Best Essay 2006