Alan Ball (screenwriter)
Alan Ball in 2008
May 13, 1957 |
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Education||University of Georgia, Florida State University|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, director, producer|
|Notable work||American Beauty (1999)
Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
True Blood (2008–2014)
|Television||Grace Under Fire, Cybill|
Alan Erwin Ball (born May 13, 1957) is an American writer, director, and producer for television, film, and theater..
Ball has discussed his Buddhist faith in numerous interviews, noting how it has influenced his film making. In an interview with Amazon.com, Ball commented on the iconic scene in American Beauty with the plastic bag, stating, "I had an encounter with a plastic bag! And I didn't have a video camera, like Ricky does... There's a Buddhist notion of the miraculous within the mundane, and I think we certainly live in a culture that encourages us not to look for that." Ball has also discussed how his Buddhism has shaped themes in Six Feet Under and True Blood which he has substantially contributed to.
Ball is gay and has been called "a strong voice for [the] LGBT community". In 2008 he made Out magazine's annual list of the 100 most impressive gay men and women. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Peter Macdissi, who has starred in several of Ball's works.
- "Alan Ball Interview". Spiritualteachers.org. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
- Parsi, Novid (2008-09-01). "Blood on his hands - Arts + Culture - Time Out Chicago". Chicago.timeout.com. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
- Piccalo, Gina (2010-07-18). "'True Blood' runs through Alan Ball". Los Angeles Times.
- Robinson, Charlotte (September 5, 2008). "Alan Ball's LGBT Vision: Audio Interview". Outtake. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
He is also openly gay & a strong voice for our LGBT community.
- Delaney, Sam (July 11, 2009). "TV preview: True Blood". The Guardian. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
Ball has been lauded as a strong and significant voice for the American gay community.
- "Out Magazine | Out 100 2008". Out.com. 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
- "Quentin Tarantino sues his neighbour over 'blood curdling screams' from pet parrots | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
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