Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is an American film and television director most known for his second feature, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl for Indian Paintbrush. The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival 2015. His latest feature The Current War stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon. It depicts the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over who will power America. Gomez-Rejon’s TV credits include acclaimed episodes of Glee and American Horror Story. He received Emmy nominations for American Horror Story: Coven for Outstanding Directing for a Mini-Series as well as Outstanding Mini-Series as the show’s Co-Executive Producer. He directed two episodes of the Netflix series “Chambers,” starring Uma Thurman. And he’s currently directing an episode of “The Hunt” (Al Pacino, Lena Olin), Amazon Video’s new series about a diverse band of Nazi Hunters living in 1977 New York City.
Born and raised in Laredo, Texas on the US/Mexico border, Alfonso received his BFA from NYU and his MFA from AFI. He began his career as personal assistant to Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, Robert De Niro and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. He went on to direct second unit for Ms. Ephron, Iñárritu, Scorsese, Kevin Macdonald, Ryan Murphy and Ben Affleck (on the Academy Award-winning Argo).
In addition to his television and film success, Alfonso has directed numerous national commercials for the likes of T-Mobile, American Express and a renowned Super Bowl spot for Chevrolet which featured the cast of Glee. He also directed the pilot for Fox’s Red Band Society, which was later picked up for series.