Alain Silver holds degrees in film from UCLA and is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America. He has written and co-written (many with James Ursini) and edited dozens of books, including Film Noir: The Encyclopedia, The Noir Style, Film Noir Fatal Women, L.A. Noir, Film Noir Graphics, Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, Film Noir Reader, James Wong Howe: The Camera Eye, The Films of David Lean, Roger Corman: Metaphysics on a Shoestring, The Zombie Film, The Vampire Film, The Samurai Film, The Film Director’s Team, Film Budgeting, any many others.
He has been an assistant director and production manager on numerous studio projects and an independent feature producer whose 30-plus credits include Cyborg 2, Beat, and Crashing. He has lectured on topics that range from film production to film noir and has moderated and participated in panels for the American Film Institute, Slamdance, Cinequest, the LA Film Festival, and UCLA Extension.
As an expert on noir, Raymond Chandler, as well as vampire films and directors David Lean, and Robert Aldrich, he has appeared on-camera for the BBC, Starz, Channel Four UK, E!, KCET, American Movie Classics, the Sci-fi Channel, CBC/Ontario, and ARD and done a couple dozen audio commentaries and essays for DVD releases from Criterion, Warner Bros. and 20th Century-Fox