Alethea C. Avramis is an American writer and director of Greek descent. She is based in Los Angeles, California and Athens, Greece. Alethea completed her undergraduate education at UCLA in History where her senior thesis about the massacre at Kalavryta in 1943 was awarded the Carey McWilliams Award for Best Honors Thesis. Her research on this topic led her to make her first film, the 2006 documentary short THE LAST WIDOW. The film profiled the last surviving widow of the Kalavryta massacre and her life after December 13, 1943. THE LAST WIDOW was screened around the world and was generously supported by Ted. G. Spyropoulos and Dimitri Soudas, former Spokesman for the Canadian Prime Minister. Alethea’s fourth film, AWAY FROM THE RANCH, screened at festivals across the United States in 2011 and was also in competition at the 2011 Drama International Short Film Festival in Greece. Alethea’s most recent film THE FOREIGNER was Co-Produced by Christos V. Konstantakopoulos (ALPS, ATTENBERG, TAKE SHELTER) and was shot in Mani, Greece in the fall of 2011.
Alethea is a member of Athens and London based Aegeanscapes Filmmakers (www.aegeanscapes.com) and is currently completing her MFA film degree from the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. She is in development on her first feature film in the UK.
The daughter of a Greek Orthodox priest, Alethea’s work has always been influenced by character-driven material and humanistic storytelling.