Alison Chernick is a New York based writer/director and filmmaker.
Chernick’s first documentary was on contemporary artist Jeff Koons titled, The Jeff Koons Show (2005). Her second feature-length documentary on artist Matthew Barney, titled Matthew Barney No Restraint, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2006 and was acquired for theatrical distribution by IFC and The Weinstein Company. She founded the production company Voyeur Films in 2006.
Diagram of an Artist: Roy Lichtenstein was commissioned by the Tate Modern for its 2013 exhibition Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. The Artist is Absent, a short film on designer/artist Martin Margiela, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. Her latest documentary, Itzhak, on violinist Itzhak Perlman, opened at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2017. Itzhak was released theatrically in the spring of 2018, and was broadcast on the PBS series, American Masters, in the fall of 2018.Itzhak has been nominated for the 2019 Grammy Award for Best Music Film.
She is the recipient of a National Endowment for The Humanities award,a New York Women in Film and Television award, a Loreen Arbus grant and a Woman of Her Word grant.
Chernick’s documentaries have been screened at various museums around the world, including the five Guggenheims, the Smithsonian, SFMOMA, and the Walker. She has written for the Sundance Channel, Showtime, SyFy, MTV, VH1, The History Channel, and National Geographic. Her commissioned short films often center around themes of art, fashion, music, gastronomy, and healthcare. In 2010, Chernick was signed for global commercial representation.