Alex J. Bledsoe is a writer, filmmaker and strategist whose work is inspired by dismantling exploitative systems. She is currently directing two documentaries: OAKLEAD investigates Oakland’s lead poisoning crisis and racialized health disparities; and Heart Race follows one man’s attempt to obtain a heart transplant while grappling with the effects of racial inequity in Milwaukee. Alex has been a guest columnist for The Washington Post, a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow, a Maynard 200 honoree and an Aspen Institute emerging writer nominee.
Alex is the co-founder of Breaktide Productions, a film production company owned by women of color and rooted in intersectional solidarity, whose current films address issues of environmental racism, human rights and indigenous sovereignty. Breaktide has earned awards and recognition from Sundance, SXSW, ITVS, and Cannes Lions, and was named to the YBCA 100 list of changemakers in 2019. Alex earned her B.S. from Georgetown University with a degree in international politics, where she studied Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic.