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ALEXANDER PAYNE (Director/Writer/Producer) grew up in Omaha. He studied History and Spanish Literature at Stanford before earning an MFA in Film at UCLA.

He has made seven feature films- CITIZEN RUTH (1996), ELECTION (1999), ABOUT SCHMIDT (2002), SIDEWAYS (2004), THE DESCENDANTS (2011), NEBRASKA (2013) and DOWNSIZING (2017). He has won two Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay. He serves on the boards of the Film Foundation and Film Streams, a cinematheque in Omaha. Four of his six feature films were filmed in Nebraska, where he continues to live, dividing his time between there and Los Angeles.


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