Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Alexander Payne the Subject of a New Book

      Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Alexander Payne the Subject of a New Book

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OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 5, 2012

OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new book about acclaimed filmmaker
Alexander Payne (Sideways) is available just as interest in the Oscar-winner
is at an all-time high. The critical and commercial success of Payne's 2011
hit The Descendants further confirmed the writer-director's place among the
world's leading cinema artists. That's only made anticipation all the greater
for his new film Nebraska, which just wrapped principal photography at the end
of November.

Omaha-based writer Leo Adam Biga's recently published book, Alexander Payne:
His Journey in Film – A Reporter's Perspective 1998-2012, is a compilation of
the author-journalist-blogger's decade-and-a-half reporting on Payne and his
work. "Long before he arrived as a world-renowned filmmaker I spotted Payne's
talent. By the time he completedCitizen Ruthand preppedElectionI made him
a special focus of my journalism." It's the first comprehensive look at one of
cinema's most important figures. Biga takes readers behind-the-scenes to
glimpse aspects of Payne's creative process. "Throughout many years of being
interviewed, I find Mr. Biga's articles about me to be the most complete and
perceptive of any journalist's anywhere," says Payne.

Biga's book is generating strong media buzz, including a recent Indiewire
feature, to go along with high praise from industry insiders. Actress Laura
Dern, film critic Leonard Maltin, and novelist and public radio host Kurt
Andersen have all endorsed the book. Here's what they're saying:

"Alexander is a master. Many say the art of filmmaking comes from experience
and grows with age and wisdom but, in truth, he was a master on day one of his
first feature. Leo Biga has beautifully captured Alexander's incredible
journey in film for us all to savor." – Laura Dern, actress, star of Citizen

"Alexander Payne is one of American cinema's leading lights. How fortunate we
are that Leo Biga has chronicled his rise to success so thoroughly." – Leonard
Maltin, film critic and best-selling author

"I'd be anAlexander Paynefan even if we didn't share a Nebraskaupbringing:
heis a masterly,menschy, singular storytellerwhosemoviesare both serious
and unpretentious,delightfullyfunny and deeply moving. And he's fortunate
indeed to have such a thoughtful and insightful chronicler as Leo Biga."
–Kurt Andersen, novelist (True Believers) and Studio 360 host

The book reflects the extended period that Biga's covered Payne and the rare
access the filmmaker's accorded him. Biga's reported from the set ofSideways
and Nebraska. He's conducted exclusive interviews with the writer-director and
his collaborators.

Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film collects for the first time Biga's work
about the filmmaker in one volume. This is a must-read for any casual fan or
serious student of Payne because it provides the arc of his filmmaking
journey. That journey has largely played out in his home state, where he's
returned to make his new film,Nebraska, which based its production
headquarters in Norfolk, Neb. Biga visited the set in mid-November.

The author is available for interviews. He has manyanecdotes from his years
of interviewing, trailing and interpreting the filmmaker. He's also doing book

The book, released through Concierge Marketing Publishing Services and Biga's
own Inside Stories, may be previewed atwww.facebook.com/LeoAdamBiga.

Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film – A Reporter's Perspective 1998-2012, 304
pages, paperback, ISBN: 978-0-9883293-1-7, $19.95, and eBook formats, $7.95.
Available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble and for Kindle and other e-Readers. 

To request review copies of the book and to schedule interviews with the
author, contact Erin Pankowski, Marketing Director at Concierge Marketing
Publishing Services at 402-884-5995 or at erin@conciergemarketing.com.

Contact: Erin Pankowski
(402) 415-5101

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