Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelan scientist-turned filmmaker who has been featured in The New York Times, TED, Nature, Science, Cell, The Village Voice, and WNYC. His films combine documentary and fiction, oftentimes embracing animal perspectives. He has written and directed over a dozen shorts that have played at festivals worldwide. He currently is in post-production on his second feature SON OF MONARCHS which delves into issues of immigration, migration and animal-human hybrids and has been selected as a TED 2019 Fellow.
His first feature film THE FLY ROOM is based on the true story of the birth of modern genetics at the turn of the 20th century. An NYU Graduate Thesis Film and produced with the support of Spike Lee Production Fund and Hollywood Foreign Press Association, THE FLY ROOM has played in over 50 cities and had its theatrical release in New York in late September 2016. Forbes applauded the biopic for its "witty script" and ability to "communicate science in a subtle way." He is also one of the 10 filmmakers of the omnibus 2014 film THE COLOR OF TIME, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Jessica Chastain.
Alexis Gambis is also the Founder & Executive Director of the Imagine Science Film Festival, an annual New York science film festival now in its 10th year. He also recently launched Labocine, a VOD platform and video magazine coined by reviewers as the "science new wave" which proposes a new way to experience science cinema. He received a Masters of Fine Arts from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a Ph.D in Molecular Biology from The Rockefeller University. He teaches part of the year courses at New York University in Abu Dhabi at the intersect of neuroscience and film.
He lives between Brooklyn, Paris and Abu Dhabi.