John Alfieri in high school and through his early 20’s practicing martial arts.
John Alfieri is a writer and editor, producer and director. He has worked on Tracks of Color (2007), Checkmate, Keep Your Enemies Closer (2013), Happy Birthday (2015), Lily of the Feast (2015) and The Operative.
John Alfieri was born, raised and began writing short stories and poetry at an early age in Paterson, New Jersey, the first planned industrialized city in America. At fourteen John started practicing martial arts and went on to train for the next ten years, becoming a black belt, working with many of the top instructors on the East Coast. During his high school years John threw up to a thousand kicks a night, which led to development of a highly instinctual kicking style.
During the mid 1980’s, while John was still in his early twenties, he placed in karate tournaments throughout New Jersey and NYC. Although his interest in the martial arts remained, by his mid-twenties, he set his sights on Latin and ballroom dancing and trained until he became an instructor. Over the next two decades he taught thousands of dance lessons and choreographed performances from New York City to Athens, Greece.
He was constantly interpreting, innovating, and intuiting (social dance) styles and steps. During this time John never stopped writing. He’s authored dozens of original feature length screenplays, developed scripts for clients, worked as a story consultant, doctored screenplays for independent producers, completed hundreds of freelance writing assignments, edited digital films, trailers, and hundreds of video projects.
John assisted Federico Castelluccio on a 5 week shoot in Williamburg, Brooklyn for Castelluccio feature-length, directorial debut, Lily of the Feast (2015). Presently John is completing principle photography on his feature-length film, The Operative.