Since graduating with a B.S. degree in Radio/Television/Film and Sociology, which integrated her love of film and interest in social issues, Alison (or Alley as she’s more commonly known) has been working as a media producer. She is currently transitioning into her role at Clark College as the Multimedia Web Content Specialist.
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.
This year she also helped coordinate the first ever Experimental Film Festival (EFF) Portland, as well as the youth film festival Life In Focus that showcased work by students of Caldera Arts. She production managed/assistant directed the short film Outside, directed by Tracy Pitts and produced by Eugene Park. She also was an artist assistant for three weeks in Summer 2012 at Caldera’s summer camp for high school students.
Alley 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. Additionally, 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 Franciso.
In 2007, she received a U.S. Fulbright Research Grant to produce a short documentary in Hong Kong and study social withdrawal amongst teen and young adult populations.
Based in Portland, Alison spends her free time jogging along Willamette Avenue, reading multiple books at once (and taking a long time to finish all of them), writing fiction, meditating, dancing, watching movies, record-shopping, going to see live music, making “dream pop” music with her friends, gardening with her partner and his four year-old son, and enjoying the people in her life.