Rex Weiner’s career as an editor, writer, stage & screen writer, and publisher began with the underground press of the 1960s. As co-founder and publisher of The New York ACE in 1971-72, partially financed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, he helped pioneer a new generation of “alternative media.” He is one of the founding editors of High Times Magazine, one of the era’s legacy publications, regarded as a prescient, and still authoritative, resource on cannabis culture.
He is the co-author, with Deanne Stillman, of The Woodstock Census: Nationwide Survey of the Sixties Generation, published in 1979 by Viking Press. Forty years after its release, The Woodstock Census continues to serve as a unique sociological reference, with its findings based on a 1005-person survey conducted in 1977-78 in association with the Yankelovich polling firm. Cited in scholarly studies and often quoted in popular books and articles, the book is recognized as a key text on the politics and culture of the Sixties.
As a staff reporter and feature article writer at Variety from 1993–97, Weiner covered international film, film finance and entertainment technology. His column on film industry history, Lost and Found, appeared weekly in the trade paper. His articles have been published in Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Observer, LA Weekly, Paris Review, Capital & Main, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, along with European magazines such as L’Officiel in France, GQ Italia and Rolling Stone Italia.
One of the first writers hired to help launch the TV series, Miami Vice, Weiner also wrote and was Associate Producer of Forgotten Prisoners, The Amnesty Files, one of TNT Network’s first feature movies. His original stories about a detective working in the music industry, first published in the New York Rocker and LA Weekly, became the controversial Andrew Dice Clay starrer, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, directed by Renny Harlin for 20th Century Fox. Those stories have been published recently by Rare Bird Books.
With formative experiences in the downtown theater scene of 1970s Manhattan, Rex Weiner studied with Murray Mednick, Irene Fornes, Roxanne Rogers, and John O’Keefe at the Padua Hills Playwrights Workshop, the LA-based group co-founded by Sam Shepard. His full-length drama, Be Bop A Lula (Three Steps To Heaven), has been performed many times, including a 2-week run he directed at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Rex Weiner has lived in Los Angeles since 1981 and in the town of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, where he is Executive Director and co-founder of the Todos Santos Writers Workshop. He has served on the board of trustees of Beyond Baroque, the literary center in Venice, California.