Principal, Page Fifty-Four Pictures | In-DIY Film Financing
Alex Saks is the principal of Page Fifty-Four Pictures, a filmmaker-driven independent production company created in 2018 which produces and finances feature-length films. Page Fifty-Four Pictures is also in a first look television deal with MRC. She is currently in post-production on POMS written and directed by Zara Hayes, starring Diane Keaton and Jackie Weaver as well as EL TONTO written and directed by Charlie Day. She is also prepping Julie Taymor’s adaption of The Glorias based on Gloria Steinem’s best-selling memoir “My Life on the Road” starring Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Bette Midler and Janelle Monae.
Ms. Saks was formerly the CEO of June Pictures and produced its slate of features. Her film, The Florida Project, made its world premiere at Cannes last year to unanimous critical acclaim and was acquired by A24. Written and directed by Sean Baker and starring Willem Dafoe, the film earned honors and wins from AFI, the National Board of Review, the Critics Choice Awards, and over 40 critics groups nationwide. The Florida Project also garnered nominations for the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, the SAG-AFTRA Awards, and the Academy Awards.
In 2018, three of Ms. Saks’ films were released: Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster Book Club starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candace Bergen and Mary Steenburgen; Focus Features’ psychological thriller Thoroughbreds written and directed by Cory Finley starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Anton Yelchin; and Netflix ‘s dramatic comedy Dude, written and directed by Olivia Milch, and starring Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, and Awkwafina.
Earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Ms. Saks had two films make their world premieres to critical acclaim: What They Had written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko and starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, and Blythe Danner; and Paul Dano’s directorial debut, Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan which was recently acquired by IFC Films for a fall 2018 release. Last year, she had three films make their world premieres at Sundance including Thoroughbreds; the documentary Joshua: Teenager vs. Super Power which won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category and sold to Netflix; and Alethea Jones’ Fun Mom Dinner which sold to Netflix and eOne’s Momentum Pictures.
In 2017, Variety honored Ms. Saks among its annual “10 Producers to Watch” and was highlighted by The Hollywood Reporter on its “Next Gen: Hollywood’s Up-and-Coming Execs 35 and Under” list. Ms. Saks was recently singled out by Town & Country Magazine as one of its 2018 “50 Modern Swans.”
Prior to June Pictures, Ms. Saks served as an agent at ICM where her work in the independent and international group revolved around the packaging, financing and selling of independent films including: Tallulah, Results, The Intervention, Time Out Of Mind, Sandcastle, The Overnight, Skeleton Twins, The One I Love, Infinitely Polar Bear, Stockholm, Pennsylvania, and People, Places, Things. She began her career at The Mark Gordon Company. Following her time there, she went to work at Automatik and IM Global under Brian Kavanaugh-Jones as a creative and production executive.
Ms. Saks is a graduate of Wake Forest University where she received her degree in History.