Alison Klayman was the youngest director named by the New York Times chief film critics on their international list of "20 Directors to Watch". Her directorial debut "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" about the Chinese artist and activist premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded a US Documentary Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance. The film was released theatrically around the globe and shortlisted for the Academy Award.
In her newest documentary "The Brink" she takes on former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, following him for over a year as he tries to promote his brand of extreme nationalism and unite the far-right anti-immigrant parties of Europe. After its Sundance premiere this year, Variety called the film "impeccably crafted...an engaging and enraging, disturbing and highly revealing movie." In his New York Times Critic's Pick review, A.O Scott wrote "it's a fast-moving, tightly packed, at times unnervingly entertaining documentary.”