bio Alex Rappoport is an award-winning cinematographer, editor, and independent television producer specializing in documentary filmmaking. His videography credits include work for National Geographic, The History Channel, PBS, MTV, Food Network, and numerous Emmy Award-winning programs for HBO. From 2010-2013 Alex was the Director of Photography for the popular History Channel series "Swamp People". In the early 1990's Alex began his career as a cinematographer and editor, filming and/or editing numerous promotional pieces for MTV, VH1, USA Network, Nickelodeon, and The Sci-Fi Channel. From 1996 to 2001 he became more involved in documentaries, shooting and producing nearly twenty segments for WNET's "City Arts" and PBS's "Egg: The Arts Show". Alex won a regional Emmy Award and was nominated for a national Emmy Award for his work on the Working Dancers episode of "Egg". His 1996 independent video documentary, "Standpipe Siamese and the Adventures of Frost", was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the New York Video Festival, where it was part of a series described by The New York Times as "the place where visual art and independent filmmaking meet". He has directed television image spots, "Sustainable Showdown", for the Sundance Channel, and "The Playful Parent", for Nick Jr.; produced a 30-minute documentary, "Thomas Woodruff's Freak Parade", for Gallery HD; and from 2004-2009 produced the interstitial series, "Scenes from the Sundance Lab", for the Sundance Channel. Alex's work continues to cover a diverse range of formats. More recent credits include the feature narrative film, "I Dream too Much" (written and directed by his wife, Katie Cokinos); co-DP-ing the Discovery Channel series, "Yukon Men"; producing several artist profiles for Etsy.com; shooting "Larry Kramer: In Love and Anger" for HBO Films; and co-DP-ing the feature documentary, "Lemon", about poet Lemon Andersen. Born in the Little Apple, Manhattan, Kansas, Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Kansas and a Master of Arts degree in film and video production from the University of Texas at Austin. After moving to New York in 1991, he now resides in the Hudson Valley with his family.