Alison McMahan, Ph.D., is a documentary filmmaker and president of Homunculus Productions, LLC, a company that produces training films, industrials and documentaries. Recent films include the documentary Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs, narrated by Sam Waterston, the training film Living With Landmines, and an industrial and a PSA for Pensamento Digital, an NGO in Brazil that provides computers and internet access to poor communities. Her latest documentary is Bare Hands And Wooden Limbs (2008), narrated by Sam Waterston. She is currently in production on a feature length documentary, The Eight Faces Of Jane: The Life And Work Of Jane Chambers, and a short documentary on the Maxximus G-Force, a street legal race car.
From 2001-2003 she held a Mellon Fellowship in Visual Culture at Vassar College where she built a virtual reality environment with a biofeedback interface for CAVEs (computer automated virtual environments). From 1997 to 2001 she was an associate professor, teaching film history and theory and new media at the University of Amsterdam. She is the author of the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Cinematic Visionary (Continuum 2002) and The Films Of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action In Hollywood (Continuum 2005).
She was co-president of Cinewomen NY, an all-volunteer organization that supports women filmmakers, especially filmmakers just starting out. See www.cinewomenny.org. She spearheaded the recent joining of forces between Cinewomen NY and New York Women in Film and Television.