Exploring Books About and By Alexander Payne

Alexander PayneAlexander Payne is a prolific Hollywood director and executive producer. He started his Hollywood career in the early 1990s by taking on minor crew roles on film sets after completing his MFA at UCLA. After working in the minor crew roles for five years, the filmmaker decided to take his career mainstream. His debut film was Citizen Ruth (1996), and he has worked on more than 20 films and TV series as the director and executive producer. Besides his Hollywood career, Payne has authored several books and had several books written about him. Recently, this accomplished Hollywood director explored books about him and by him during a recent interview.

The Sideways Guide to Wine and Life

This book marks Alexander Payne’s debut as an author, and it was written in collaboration with Jim Taylor. It was published in 2005 as a companion to his Oscar-winning film Sideways (2004). The book is an illustrated guide for wine recommendations, a list of wines featured in the movie, and tips for tasting wine. It also covers wineries and locations to visit in Sant Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, some of which were in the Oscar-winning movie.

Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film: A Reporter’s Perspective

This book came out in 2013 and was written by Leo Adam Biga as a biography of Payne covering his film career from 1998 to 2012. Leo pointed out that he took notice of this filmmaker’s talent during the screening of his thesis film project, The Passion of Martin, when he was still studying for his MFA at UCLA Film School. From that point on, the author has been following his film career.

Alexander Payne Interviews

This piece of work was penned by Julie Levinson and offers an insightful look at Payne’s interviews throughout his filmmaking career. During the interviews, the Hollywood director comes out as a captivating conversationalist. The interviews also cover an array of subjects that are relevant to the filmmaker and also other people.

Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film

Leo Adam Biga penned an updated edition of the similarly titled book that came out in 2013. The revised edition was published in 2016 and offers a more in-depth look at Payne’s accomplishments. Additionally, it provides a new perspective on his storytelling and filmmaking style.