Alex Reuben is a filmmaker with a background as a DJ and in art and design. He makes choreo-geographic movies and sound, for cinema.
Reuben's films are exhibited internationally and throughout the UK by Picturehouse, Curzon, HOME Manchester, BFI and ICA cinemas. Screenings and commissions include ACE, BBC, Tate Modern, Wellcome, British Council, Channel 4 TV, Sadler's Wells, Birkbeck, Jerwood and The Place.
Characterised by improvisation, dance and music, they collaboratively explore connections between art, science, textiles, anthropology and politics, in slow-cinema. Gingerella RockaFela (66', ACE/Wellcome, UK 2018), an improvised movie about improvisation and collaboration with neuroscientist Professor Chris Frith, was Gala screening at Light Moves Festival of Screendance.
Line Dance (5', CH4/ACE/MJW, 2004), a motion-capture for Channel 4 TV, was selected in Best British Short and Best British Dance Films (Encounters/British Council).
The films are based upon field R&D, including forest and cognitive science research in the Brazilian, urban Amazon and Japan (continued, 2023), supported by ACE, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and a-n Artists.
Reuben was a DJ in the pioneering A Night in Havana, Soul Makossa and Those Rhumba Nights nightclubs. Movement and education based practice includes the Mayor of London award winning, community walking project, KAS (Kennington Kinaesthetic Arts and Science). He was previously a lecturer at University of the Arts London (CCA, CSM) and Course leader, M.A. Dance for the Screen at London Contemporary Dance School.
Previous events include Moving Humans (Tate Modern), Dame Marina Warner's Words on the Move 4: The Digital Body (Birkbeck), Dance Umbrella's Sunday Shorts (Barbican Cinema), Choreo-Geography: Chartists, Class and Culture (Open House London) and A Conversation with Alex Reuben and James Lasdun (NYU CBA in collaboration with the New York Institute for the Humanities).
In 2021-22, Reuben’s movie project Trumpet Voluntary, based upon a short story by James Lasdun, was part of an NYU Fellowship at The Center for Ballet and the Arts. He is currently in feature film development with Trumpet Voluntary for the BFI (2022-23).