Alek Keshishian is an award-winning director, writer, producer, and photographer.
When Keshishian was just 24, Madonna asked him to film her Blonde Ambition tour for HBO. Within a matter of days, Keshishian convinced Madonna to let him make a documentary of her entire tour both onstage and off. The groundbreaking film “Truth or Dare” became the highest grossing documentary of its time and changed the conversation about celebrity and the LGBTQ community.
In 2015, Selena Gomez told Keshishian that she had watched “Truth or Dare” seven times and asked if he would direct her video for “Hands to Myself” (which was cited by Rolling Stone as one of the “sexiest music videos of all time”).
In 2016, Selena asked him to film her Revival Tour. Keshishian had declined making any other music documentary, but he was captivated by Selena’s vulnerability and authenticity. After filming for a couple of weeks, they decided the timing wasn’t right and paused filming. Selena asked Keshishian to film her trip to Kenya in 2019 which blossomed into a much bigger journey – a documentary that would follow Selena on her road to recovery and renewal after a time of darkness in 2018.
Keshishian’s documentary, “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me,” will open the AFI Film Festival and will be released by Apple TV+ on November 4.