Alek Keshishian is a film and commercial director, writer and producer.
His professional journey began straight out of college when he arrived in Hollywood. He started as a music video director where he made award winning clips. This led to him being chosen, at age 24, by Madonna to direct her groundbreaking documentary Truth or Dare, which was a huge critical and popular hit, becoming the highest grossing documentary of its time. Truth or Dare first displayed Keshishian’s fascination playing with “image” and “reality”, which continued to inform his work throughout his career.
The Warner Bros. feature With Honors, starring Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, and Patrick Dempsey came next. It was the number one movie in America for the first two weeks of its release, cementing Keshishian’s status as a Hollywood film director.
At age 29, feeling burned out and unsure what he wanted to make next , Keshishian went to London for a two week vacation, and stayed for ten years. Keshishian turned his back on Hollywood, and focused on photography and commercials instead, producing award-winning work for clients including Coca Cola, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Brut by Faberge, Aprilia, Bailey’s, and Max Factor.
Keshishian left London in 2007, after writing, directing and producing an indie comedy called Love and Other Disasters, starring Brittany Murphy, Matthew Rhys, and Catherine Tate, which was a festival favorite.
Returning to the U.S., Keshishian focused on his writing, penning scripts and rewrites for Paramount, Universal, as well as co-writing Madonna’s first feature, W.E.. He also directed commercials and special projects including Jennifer Aniston’s two Smartwater viral campaigns which became among the most viewed hits of their year. He also shot the shower shorts that featured Chelsea Handler with both Sandra Bullock and Conan O’Brian.
Keshishian’s commercial work and special projects continued to display his special talent at showing celebrities often in novel and surprising ways. Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Aniston, Darryl Hannah, Jean Reno, Heather Graham, Chelsea Handler, Sandra Bullock, and Conan O’Brian are just some of the celebrities that have embraced his creative spirit over the years.
Recently, Keshishian has been writing and developing two projects for David Fincher: one for TV called La Luna and the other a feature called Adult Services.
In the fall of 2015, Selena Gomez, approached Keshishian to direct her video for “Hands to Myself.” The video was shot over 3 days in November, and in typical Keshishian fashion, showcased a surprising, new side of Selena.
Keshishian is represented by Rowena Arguelles and Matt Martin at CAA and managed by Zack Morgenroth at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. He is represented by Missy Galanida at Rabbit Content for music videos, and Michael Di Girolamo at Mr. Wonderful/RSA for commercial work.