Anna recently wrote and directed her first feature film, Emma's Chance, starring Greer Grammer, Missi Pyle and Joey Lawrence.
Based on a real life horse rescue ranch, the story focuses on a girl who makes an unlikely friend in a horse named Chance while juggling high school pressures alongside her required community service hours. The film premiered at the Geena Davis Bentonville Film Festival where it was picked up and distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, climbing the iTunes chart to number 13 under "Kids and Family" last summer.
Anna's psychological thriller, Zone 2 starring Anne Ramsay and Conner Linnerooth toured worldwide through the Etheria Film Festival. The short film was also an official selection at Screamfest, Days of the Dead and Artemis film festivals, winning an Audience Award.
Utilizing her writing skills as a pathway to directing, Anna sold her romantic comedy, I Do Over to David Ellison's Skydance Media (World War Z, Mission Impossible 5) making her a member of the WGA.
Anna's teen thriller, Haven’s Point, won Best Film at the USC's WCA Film Festival and premiered at HollyFest in Hollywood. The film was created through USC's competitive production class where only the top students are given the opportunity to direct.
Known as a pioneer in the industry for her iOS/iPhone filmmaking and distribution methods, Anna has been featured in WIRED Magazine, the New York Times, USA Today, and has spoken at TEDx, New York Apple Store, The Director’s Guild of America, and The Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences showcasing these Studio In Your Pocket films.
Most recently Anna made it into the second round of the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab for her thriller, Mormonland, and is currently in pre-production on her second feature, shooting this August in California.
Anna holds an MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and is the mother of four children.
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MFA Cinematic Arts at University of Southern California