Rick Alverson

Rick Alverson is a filmmaker from Richmond, Virginia. His dramatic feature The Comedy (2012), a tale of the perils of entitlement set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is distributed by Tribeca Film. His first feature, The Builder (2010), was an existential character study of an Irish immigrant at odds with the promise of America. New Jerusalem (2011), his second feature, starring Colm O’leary (The Builder) and Will Oldham (Matewan, Old Joy), again considered the immigrant experience but this time through the lens of religious ideology. New Jerusalem premiered at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in 2011. That same year he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He also has directed videos for Sharon Van Etten (Magic Chords), Bonny Prince Billy (New Wonder), Nightbeds (Even If We Try) and Gregor Samsa (Jeroen Van Aken). In addition to his directorial work he has released 9 records on Jagjaguwar, most recently with his band Spokane in 2007.