Alexander Glustrom grew up in inner city Atlanta, where he was greatly influenced by his grandparents, who were Jewish allies in the civil rights movement. Alex graduated in 2010 from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he studied marketing and digital media. While at Tulane, he founded the student organization, TUCAN, that brought students out of their bubble to learn from and tutor New Orleans' youth. TUCAN has since become the biggest student run volunteer group at Tulane.
Alexander has directed, shot, produced, and edited a wide variety of film projects ranging from commercial, music, and art videos that have reached hundreds of thousands online, to documentaries that have been featured in film festivals internationally. He has shot footage that has aired on HBO, CNN, Fusion, NYtimes.com, Great Big Story and Democracy Now. He has also created a number of fundraising videos that have raised thousands of dollars for New Orleans youth programs. Alex's first feature film was the award winning documentary, Big Charity, which he directed, shot, produced and edited. Big Charity won The Jury Award and Audience Award at The New Orleans Film Festival, was awarded Documentary of the Year by Louisiana Endowment For The Humanities, and was named the 5th Best Film Made in Louisiana in 2014 and the 4th Best "Katrina Film" by NOLA.com. Alex was awarded "Filmmaker of the Year" at the 2015 New Orleans Millennial Awards and named as one of New Orleans' "40 under 40 brightest and most innovative young people" by Gambit Magazine. His second feature film "Mossville" is currently playing in festivals around the country. It recently won The Human Rights Award at Full Frame Documentary Festival, The David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking and Junior Jury Award at Montclair Film Festival and Best Documentary at Rainier Independent Film Festival.
In addition to filmmaking, Alex served as the director of The Boys & Girls Club of The Iberville public housing development, he co-founded a photo workshop at The Youth Empowerment Project, and regularly leads art and film classes to New Orleans youth. He is also a recognized aerosol artist, having painted murals across the world. In 2014, he was a team leader of ExhibitBe, one of the largest street art projects in the country.