Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelan Writer+Director and Art-Scientist whose work has been featured by The New York Times, TED, Nature, Science, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, and Studio 360/WNYC.
He is Founder & Artistic Director of Imagine Science Films, a non-profit organization promoting a high-level dialogue between scientists, artists, and filmmakers through The Imagine Science Film Festival and other events and programs at the intersect of Science & Film.
Alexis’ work is interdisciplinary and diverse, yet focuses on bridging the Sciences and the Visual Arts through Film, Exhibits & Installations, Visual-based Research and Teaching.
He wrote and directed “Deju Vu,” which won a National Board of Review Student Award and was a 2012 First Run Festival Wasserman Finalist. He adapted and directed “One of the Muses” for TAR, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Henry Hopper, which premiered at the XX Rome International Film Festival.
Alexis has also recently been working as an Video Artist and Art Curator for science-themed exhibits. He developed a video projection series about “Epigenetics” at dOCUMENTA  (Kassel, Germany) for an exhibit focused on Identity in the 21st century featuring research work of Rockefeller University Scientist Dr. Alexander Tarakhoskvy side-by-side with Salvador Dali paintings, Le grand paranoïaque (1936) and Espagne (1938). Recently, he has also co-curated an a Retrospective exhibit about pioneer geneticist Calvin Bridges entitled “Calvin Bridges, The Unconventional Geneticist” at The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
He recently completed a Plankton Adaptation of La Boheme entitled “La Boheme: Our Oceans in Peril” for environmental artist Mara G. Haseltine that will be featured in April and March 2013 at French Fashion Designer agnès b 50Howard Street Gallery Space. He is also collaborating with Composer Daniel Wohl on Corps Exquis, a music-film exquisite corpse series about the body in decay.
Alexis is currently enrolled in New York University Graduate Film Program as a Thesis Student, where he is working on his first feature film, The Fly Room, about early 20th century pioneer geneticist known as “The Fly boys” and The Fly Room, the birthplace of American Genetics at Columbia University. The Fly Room will also be an art genetics exhibit open to the public in the Summer 2013.
He received a Ph.D in Molecular Biology & Genetics from The Rockefeller University, a Masters in Bioinformatics from L’Universite Paris-Est de Marne-la-Vallee and a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College.
He is an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at the The New School teaching a Chemistry Film course entitled “Chemical Narrative of A Cell” and will a Visiting Faculty in the Fall 2013 at NYU Abu Dhabi teaching a course about scientific visualization and storytelling entitled “From Vision to Visual”
He lives between Brooklyn and Paris.
Download Alexis’s Curriculum Vitae here.