GUNS OF SABINO CANYON is a contemporary Western in which the heroic outlaw is an undocumented immigrant: an emotionally scarred Mayan woman who flees violence in her native Guatemala to be near her last living relatives in Tucson, Arizona. However, when her brother gets detained and is about to be deported, she's forced to come out of hiding and appeal to a small Caucasian community for legal help. This entangles her with the local anti-immigrant Sheriff as well as the same international gang from whom she fled, and forces her to return, with great reluctance, to her buried roots as a gunslinger.

  • Alexander Berger
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    Television Script
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    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition
    Los Angeles, CA
    January 29, 2018
    September 23, 2020
    Advanced to the Second Round
Writer Biography - Alexander Berger

Alexander Berger is a filmmaker with roots in Philly, Tucson, and Minnesota. Coming from a loving family filled with divorces, he's accustomed to a variety of conflict and irony which he pumps into his work along with themes of alienation, culture clashes, and personal transformations.

Inspired by our increasingly intimate and complicated relationship with our devices, Alex recently completed his first produced feature: MAN VS PHONE, a sci-fi/comedy/adventure about a guy who has to outsmart his smart phone to escape his garage.

Before that, he co-wrote, with Alison McKenzie, Episode 607 of the Oprah Winfrey Network original series QUEEN SUGAR where he also served as the Script Coordinator. Previously, he was the Script Coordinator on Showtime’s original series RAY DONOVAN.

His feature screenplays have reached the Semifinals of the Nicholl Fellowships, and his TV specs & pilots have won several awards (Cannes, Austin, Nashville, Fresh Voices, etc.). However, before focusing on writing, he attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where he studied all aspects of Film/TV. Soon after, he edited a short documentary which won honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival.

In high school, he traveled to inner Mongolia with a crew from China Central Television, making short segments which were broadcast nationwide in China, and learning how to work in an unfamiliar place with folks who may at first seem foreign.

Around the same time, he also volunteered in the A/V department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, because his first love is fine art, a love that started with drawing, then morphed into filmmaking.

Alex is now happily married and enjoys endurance sports such as running, biking, swimming, and raising two kids.

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