Westbrook is an experimental short film blending autobiographical and fictional elements to investigate the director's own personal history, memory, time, death, and the erosion of the bonds of a family.

  • Alexander Kaluzhsky
  • Alexander Kaluzhsky
  • Alexander Kaluzhsky
  • Alexander Kaluzhsky
    Key Cast
    "Alexander Kaluzhsky"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental, drama, narrative, hybrid
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 25, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Russian
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Alexander Kaluzhsky
Distribution Information
  • Alexander Kaluzhsky
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Alexander Kaluzhsky

Alexander Kaluzhsky is a filmmaker born in Odessa, Ukraine who immigrated to the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, NY with his family in the late 80’s. He studied filmmaking at S.V.A. and N.Y.U., and Theater at the Actor’s Center under the guidance of teachers from Juilliard, Yale, Harvard, and Tisch.

Under his production company Apropos Films he has produced the features The Missing Person directed by Noah Buschel, starring Academy Award Nominees Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released in theaters, named one of IFC’s Top 10 films and nominated for a Gotham Award in 2009; and Weakness written & directed by Michael Melamedoff, starring Bobby Cannavale, Josh Charles, and Lily Rabe, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2010.

As writer/ director he has made the short films- Westbrook recently completed; I.Aria, Arkadya, a winner at Hammertonail.com’s Short Film Contest judged by Sundance’s Mike Plante, and Beast of the Southern Wild writer/director Benh Zeitlin; The Visitors, an experimental short form documentary for which he received the 2010 Blueprint Fellowship and was screened as part of CURRENTS 2013 at the Santa Fe Museum of Art; Bad Moon Rising which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and Apropos which played at New Filmmakers New York. He has also edited the films Notes on Blue by Moyra Davey, commissioned by the Walker Art Center to commemorate Derek Jarman, Hemlock Forest for the Biennale de Montreal, and worked with filmmakers such as Bruce Weber and Ondi Timoner.

As actor he has worked on films such as The Taking of Pelham 123 directed by Tony Scott; Solitary Man produced by Steven Soderbergh; You and I directed by Roland Joffe; and the indie The Brightest Star, directed by Maggie Kiley, which premiered at the 2013 Austin Film Festival and was released in theaters around the country. He is currently in development on two feature length films centering around his family, and was invited to participate in the 51st New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy. He is the co-founder of Honey Ramka, an artist run gallery space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmaker’s Collective, and a professor of Cinema within the CUNY College System and a visiting professor at institutions like Columbia University, The New School, and N.Y.U.

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Director Statement

I made WESTBROOK as a very intimate piece, after discovering some old vacation footage of my family. The faces, the relationships, the smiles, all looked hauntingly familiar and distant at the same time. I wanted to try to investigate how my family got to where it is now: a battlefield of resentment, and desiccated dreams. I feel like our story mirrors closely what a number of immigrant families have experienced, especially those that came over in the Jewish asylum waves out of Russia.
It is an experimental short film blending autobiographical and fictional elements to investigate my own personal history, memory, time, death, and the erosion of the bonds of a family. I hope you enjoy it.