Macky Alston

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Location Hall of Philosophy

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Macky Alston’s first film, Family Name, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, where it won the Freedom of Expression Award and later aired on PBS’ POV.  Since then he has directed Questioning Faith (premiered Full Frame & Hot Docs International Film Festivals, aired HBO/Cinemax 2002), The Killer Within (premiered Toronto International Film Festival 2006, aired Discovery Times 2007), and Hard Road Home (premiered South by Southwest 2007, aired PBS’ Independent Lens 2008). Alston most recently directed Love Free or Die, a feature film about openly gay bishop Gene Robinson and the international firestorm his consecration sparked, which premiered and won the Special Jury Prize for an Agent of Change at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS' Independent Lens series.

Alston’s awards include the Gotham Open Palm Award and Emmy nominations for three of his films.  He has appeared in press around the world, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and The New York Times. You can learn more about his film work at

Alston also serves as Senior Vice President for Prophetic and Creative Leadership at Auburn Seminary. There, he directs a program that equips leaders of faith and moral courage to speak out for justice through the media and oversees the Hartley Media Impact Initiative, working to get the best documentaries to faith communities to help them imagine a better world and bring it into being. You can learn more about Auburn's work at