Alex Buono was educated at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he double-majored in Film Production and Still Photography. His early post-collegiate years were spent on the camera crews of studio films including Twister, Conspiracy Theory and Armageddon, learning from top cinematographers and personal mentors including Conrad Hall, Dean Cundey and John Schwartzman.
Alex is best known for his work as Director of Photography for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit from 1999-2016, where he shot hundreds of short films, including “Farewell Mr. Bunting,” “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders,” “The Beygency” and the “40th Anniversary Season” title sequence, to name a few. He continues to collaborate with SNL alumni as Director and Showrunner of the Emmy-nominated comedy series Documentary Now!, an acclaimed mockumentary starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader. More recently, Documentary Now! was recognized as one of the best-directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century.
A filmmaker of many talents, Alex’s earlier years often involved donning multiple creative hats. He acted as Writer/Producer of Bigger Stronger Faster*, a sport documentary which premiered at 2008 Sundance Film Festival In 2003, Alex received an Oscar nomination for the short film Johnny Flynton, which he produced and also shot. Alex repeated this dual role of producer/cinematographer on Green Street Hooligans, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2005 SXSW Film Festival.
Alex lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, the Writer’s Guild of America, the International Documentary Association and the International Cinematographer’s Guild.