Allison Anders

Director, Screenwriter, Barmaid
Described by one writer as a cross between a 60s earth mother and a Hell's Angels biker chick, indie filmmaker Allison Anders weathered a rough childhood and young adult life that not only encouraged an escapist ... Read more »
Born: 11/16/1954 in Ashland, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Director (16)

Murder in the First 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Proof 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Turn 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Ring of Fire 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Director

Strutter 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

A Crush on You 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Director

Cold Case 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

Grosse Pointe 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Sugar Town 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

("Strange Brew") (Director)

Mi Vida Loca - My Crazy Life 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Gas Food Lodging 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Border Radio 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Shades of Blue (Tv Show)

Director

Things Behind The Sun (TV Show)

Director
Actor (11)

The Lie 2011 (Movie)

Allison (Actor)

Tales From The Script 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

This Film is Not Yet Rated 2006 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

In the Company of Women 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Rosanna Arquette 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sundance20 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Sundance Film Festival Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Quentin Tarantino: Hollywood's Boy Wonder 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Independent Spirit: Close Up 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Indie Sex: Taboos (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (7)

Strutter 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sugar Town 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

("Strange Brew") (Screenplay)

Mi Vida Loca - My Crazy Life 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gas Food Lodging 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Border Radio 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (3)

I Believe in Unicorns 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Strutter 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lover Girl 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (2)

Totally F***ed Up 1994 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Paris, Texas 1984 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

Described by one writer as a cross between a 60s earth mother and a Hell's Angels biker chick, indie filmmaker Allison Anders weathered a rough childhood and young adult life that not only encouraged an escapist penchant for making up characters but also an insider's sympathy for the strong but put-upon women who have peopled her films. Abandoned by her father at age five, sexually abused by a number of different men while growing up and gang-raped at the age of 12, she eventually retreated into a fantasy relationship with "dead Paul" (McCartney), a flight of fancy which helped get her admitted to a mental hospital at 15. Anders, who had written prior to being institutionalized, rediscovered her voice with the help of a poet she met "inside" and learned "to make people who aren't there really stand up and talk." At 17, she dropped out of high school in Los Angeles and ventured back to the rural Kentucky of her birth, moving soon afterwards to London to live with the man who would father her first child.

Relationships

Dominique

Half-Sister
born c. 1969

Rachel Anders

Mother

Devon Anders

Daughter
born in July 1977

Tiffany Anders

Daughter
born in August 1974

Reuben Anders

Son
adopted born c. 1990 mother Nica Rogers was a Latina gang member who had played a small role and served as one of Anders' advisors on "Mi Vida Loca" (1994) when she died of a drug overdose at age 19 before movie's completion Anders brought home the motherless child and eventually began adoption procedures

Luanna Anders

Sister
born c. 1957 not to be confused with actress Luana Anders who died in 1996

Quentin Tarantino Actor

Companion
Collaborated in "Four Rooms" (1995) No longer together

John Taylor

Companion
member of the band Duran Duran had relationship with Anders in the 1980s and stayed friends after they broke up supplied the music for Anders' film "Mi Vida Loca" (1994) and starred in "Sugar Town" (1999)

Kurt Voss

Companion
involved with Anders in the 1980s classmate of Anders at the UCLA film school co-wrote and co-directed (with Anders and Dean Lent), "Border Radio" (1987) and "Sugar Town" (1999)

EDUCATION

attended junior college, despite having not finished high school

University of California at Los Angeles' School of Theater, Film and Television

Los Angeles , California
graduated summa cum laude

Milestones

2001

With Voss, co-wrote "Things Behind the Sun", a drama about a young female rock musician coping with a rape; also directed; premiered at Sundance Film Festival; sold to Showtime; inspired by events from Anders' own life

1999

Reteamed with Voss to co-write and co-direct the comedy-drama "Sugar Town", about a group of aging musicians; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

1997

Executive produced "Lover Girl", on which Lent was director of photography

1996

Wrote and directed "Grace of My Heart", about a female singer struggling to make it in the music business in the 1950s and 1960s; executive produced by Martin Scorsese

1995

Signed two-year deal with Miramax Films to write, produce and direct features

1995

Awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant ($255,000)

1995

Helmed and scripted the "Strange Brew" segment of "Four Rooms"

1994

Won praise for "Mi Vida Loca/My Crazy Life", her authentic picture about Latina gang members; shot film only a month after the Los Angeles riots of 1992

1994

Actor Hugh Grant backed out of Anders' "Paul Is Dead" project a scant month before shooting was to start, and funding disappeared with him

1992

First solo directorial effort, "Gas Food Lodging", for which she also wrote the screenplay, based on a novel by Richard Peck; Lent served as director of photography

1987

Feature film directorial and screenwriting debut, "Border Radio" (b&w, 16mm), co-directed and co-written with fellow UCLA film students Kurt Voss and Dean Lent

1986

Moved to the Echo Park section of Los Angeles shortly after graduating from UCLA; supported herself and her daughters for a time with money from a screenwriting grant she had received

1984

First feature film credit, as a production assistant on Wim Wenders' film, "Paris, Texas"

1973

Moved to London at age 18 to live with an English-born philosophy student she had met on the Greyhound she took to move back to Kentucky (date approximate)

1973

Worked as a barmaid in London until she got pregnant; when lover did not want her to have baby, moved back to Los Angeles alone and supported herself and child with welfare and with work as a waitress

1972

Dropped out of high school at age 17; headed back to Kentucky by bus to live with other relatives (date approximate)

1969

Was placed in a mental hospital in Los Angeles at age 15 because of suicidal feelings and a retreat into a fantasy world; depression exacerbated by, among other things, the widely circulated rumors of the death of her favorite Beatle, Paul McCartney

1969

Family settled in Los Angeles when Anders was 15; stepfather at one point pulled a gun on her (date approximate)

1967

Was gang-raped at age 12 (date approximate)

Was accepted by, and attended, UCLA's film school, beginning in the early 1980s

Became fascinated with the films of Wim Wenders; sent the filmmaker dozens of letters, some of which were as long as 60 pages, as well as audiocassettes of music she liked; Wenders only wrote back a few times, but the two began to communicate by telephone

Raised in Kentucky until father left family when Anders was five; mother moved her around a great deal thereafter

Attended junior college (dates approximate)

Returned to junior college for another two years after the birth of her second daughter (dates approximate)

Bonus Trivia

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Received a Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in 1986.

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According to Elle (July 1996), Anders once "did phone sex to finance a project and could do it again."

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