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Member Profile: Alysia Reiner

Alysia Reiner's film, Speed Grieving, was featured at NYWIFT's SWAN Day Screening in March and has been invited to screen at The Talking Pictures Festival. Alysia is an award winning actress, producer, mother, humanitarian, and outspoken environmentalist.

Speed Grieving, the short film that Alysia created, produced and stars in, had it's World Premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival, and then showed at The Williamstown Film Festival. She has also been invited to screen the film at NYWIFT's SWAN DAY, The Berkshires International Film Festival, The Women With Vision Film Festival, The Hearts and Minds Film Festival, and The San Francisco Women's Film Festival.

As an actress, Alysia won a Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance for an Ensemble Cast) playing Christine, Jack's fiancee and then bride, in the Oscar-winning film "Sideways.". Alysia's other film credits include "Arranged", "Kissing Jessica Stein," "One Last Thing," "The A List,"  "For Love of the Game" with Kevin Costner, "Row Your Boat" with Jon Bon Jovi, "The Narrow Gate," "Hourly Rates," "3 Body Problem," and "The Stand In." Her latest film "The Vicious Kind" was produced by Neil LaBute, premiered at Sundance 2009, is in theaters now, and was nominated for two independent Spirit Awards.

Among her many stage roles, she starred in the New York Premiere of "Pentecost" by Tony-winning playwright David Edgar, and starred in the provocative two character play  "An Oak Tree" with Tim Crouch, which won a Special Obie Award. Her portrayal of June Miller in "Anais Nin: One Of Her Lives" was critically acclaimed, as was her turn in "Wasps In Bed" at The Beckett Theater, of which the New York Times wrote "Alysia Reiner is priceless." Other New York theater includes "Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With A Somewhat Happy Ending" at The Public Theater, "Jayson With a Y," "Manhattan Cassanova" with Mercedes Ruehl, and "Love in the Age of Narcissism" and "Dating Games," both with her husband, actor David Alan Basche. Alysia has appeared on stages around the country; from the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Utah to The Matrix Theatre in LA to The Forum Theater in New Jersey; and around the world from The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland to The Royal Court Theatre in London.

Alysia's many TV roles include "The Sopranos," "Law & Order" (all 3 brands), "30 Rock," "White Collar," "Love Monkey," "The Drew Carey Show," "The Practice," "The Jury," "Family Law," "Jack & Jill," and series lead in the pilot "An Englishman in New York."

As a new mother, she was featured on Celebrity Baby Scoop, is a guest scout on Stroller Traffic, is a celebrity spokesperson for Ruby Pinwheels, and was recently asked to be an official spokeswoman for Best For Babes, an organization that works to change how we view and support breast feeding, and gives moms the solutions they need to make it work.

Alysia is a champion of all things eco-friendly, and she and her husband recently used their own home as a way to share information about building green. Their brownstone renovation in Harlem was featured on television's "World's Greenest Homes" and "Renovation Nation"; in various magazines like Dwell, Gotham, and The Nest; and they allowed the environmentally friendly construction process to be chronicled on Web sites such as Dwell.com and Kohler.com.

Alysia is on the board of The Broad Collective, and is involved with many charities including The Cancer Support Community, Habitat for Humanity, Our Time Theatre Company, 52nd Street Project, Actors for Autism, Joyful Heart Foundation, Comp2Kids, GEMS, and Circle of Health International.

For more information:
www.speedgrieving.org/
www.facebook.com/SpeedGrieving
www.alysiareiner.com

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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts