Alison Pezanoski-Browne is currently earning a M.A. at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Critical Theory & Creative Research. The current working title for her thesis is Negotiating Everyday Tragedy through Aural Responses to Ecological Dissolution. She is an editorial intern for Tin House, and writes music reviews and blog posts for Bitch Magazine. She is also an intern with the non-profit Know Your City, and is on their Programming Committee.
After graduating with a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film and a minor in Sociology Studies, which integrated her love of film and interest in socio-political issues, Alison worked for seven years as a media producer.
She started her career working on several independent documentaries, most notably the feature-length documentary Mine, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at both the 2009 South By Southwest Film Festival and the 2009 San Francisco Documentary Festival. Mine had its broadcast premiere on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2010 and was voted the Independent Lens audience favorite as well. Alison associate produced the documentary Corner Store, which had a preview screening at the 2010 San Francisco Indie Film Festival, premiered at the Denver Film Festival in October 2010, and was broadcast on KQED in San Francisco. Additionally, she worked on the documentary Seeking Asian Female, which was profiled on This American Life.
In 2007, she received a U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar Fellowship to study social withdrawal in teen and young adults in Hong Kong.
Alison recently worked at Clark College as the Multimedia Specialist, which meant that she was the master of the Clark College YouTube Channel. She was also the Co-Chief of Staff for EFFPortland (Experimental Film Festival), and had a short video “a year in fears” in the 2013 festival.
Before that, she was a producer of public purpose media– written, video, and audio–for the global non-profit One Economy, and specifically the websites PIC.tv (Public Internet Channel) and TheBeehive.org. She also worked as a media instructor with Caldera Arts, and coordinated a film festival Life In Focus that showcased the work of the non-profit’s students. She production managed/assistant directed the short film Outside, directed by Tracy Pitts and produced by Eugene Park. She also production managed the short film Mandarose, produced and directed by Gabe van Lelyveld.
Based in Portland, Alison spends her free time jogging along Willamette Avenue, reading multiple books at once, writing and thinking about music (especially Ecomusicology and nomadic musical traditions), meditating, dancing, watching movies, record-shopping, making audio and visual projects with her partner, gardening with his six year-old son, and enjoying the people in her life.