Filmmaking is Alan Powell's second career. For 10 years he owned and operated PNAgency, where he produced & directed hundreds of audio productions involving radio, TV and multimedia for clients throughout North America.
Since selling his agency in 2003, Alan has accumulated a long list of directorial and writing credits that include short films, PSAs, documentaries and stage plays. His short films Family Practice, Impact and The Bridge have screened at festivals around Canada and the US.
His most recent film, Across the Hall, has garnered attention internationally having been selected for the 2006 Regensburg Short film Week in Germany. Out of 2550 short films submitted for the international competition, Across the Hall was the only Canadian film out of the 59 selected. Funded by the National Film Board of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council, the film had its Canadian premiere at the 26th annual Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia in September 2006 and has since screened at the NSI FilmExchange in Winnipeg, Method fest in Los Angeles and ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto.
Alanís latest documentary What Everyone Should Know About Woman Abuse is currently being used as one of the key elements in a new Ontario-government funded campaign to stimulate much-needed conversation on how to prevent woman abuse. Among his PSAs, his nationally aired PSA on teenage date rape was a finalist in the New York Minute Film Festival and was also the inspiration and focus for a new curriculum developed by the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario. As a playwright, Alanís work has been published and produced locally and internationally. In 2003 his one-act play, The Winning was nominated for a Brickenden Award.