Alex Pissios • Chicago-born Filmmaker

Alex Pissios with PAWS non profit
Alex Pissios with PAWS non profit

Alex Pissios is a Chicago-born and raised filmmaker. He is the President & CEO of Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, one of two film studios in the city. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Film Studies and worked in the film industry for over ten years. He started as an intern at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, where he worked for two years before becoming the executive director at Cinespace Studios in 2005. 

After working at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios for two years, in 2005, he started his own production company, which included working with the Chicago International Film Festival. He worked as the executive director of Cinespace Studios in 2010. In addition to his work at Cinespace Studios, Alex Pissios is also the executive producer of “The Last Mile,” a documentary film about four prisoners from the Illinois Department of Corrections. The latter has been on death row for over 25 years. 

In 2011, Alex Pissios was awarded the President’s Award by the Chicago Filmmakers for contributing to the film industry and community. He also received the Charles Guggenheim Award, given to a filmmaker who has shown contribution and leadership in the industry. In 2014, he won the prestigious Gold Remi Award for Best Feature Film for his film, “The Last Mile.” He was also nominated for “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

According to Pissios, the film industry has a lot to offer Chicago and its citizens. He said, “Film is a great way to get people involved in the community and show them what our city offers. It’s also an economic development tool for communities.” 

The Cinespace Chicago Film Studios is located in the Garfield Park neighborhood, one of Chicago’s most prominent neighborhoods. The studios are located on a 14-acre lot and were built in 1925. The building has been renovated for film production and has seven sound stages and 11 editing rooms. It also features a film library, which contains over 100,000 titles of various genres worldwide.