Anna recently wrapped production on her second feature film, Pistachio, starring Madeline Carroll (Flipped, The Spy Next Door) Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence and Cassi Thomson. The horse adventure movie is currently in post-production, and will be distributed through a major studio next Spring.
Anna's first feature film, Emma's Chance, starring Greer Grammer, Missi Pyle and Joey Lawrence, premiered at the Bentonville Film Festival and climbed the iTunes chart to number 13 under Kids and Family through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment last year.
Anna's psychological thriller, Zone 2, starring Anne Ramsay and Conner Linnerooth, toured worldwide through the Etheria Film Festival, winning an audience award while also screening at Screamfest, Days of the Dead, and Artemis film festivals. The film can be found within the 7 From Etheria Collection, streaming on Amazon.
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 the editing room with her editors, while also writing her next feature.
Anna holds an MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and is the mother of four children.
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