Brad Anderson

Director, Screenwriter, Editor
When he was ten years old, Brad Anderson received a Super 8 camera and a career was born. Born and raised in Connecticut, this independent filmmaker began his formal training at Bowdoin College followed by a year at ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1963 in Madison, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Director (25)

Zoo 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Almost Human 1998 - 1999, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Forever 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Stonehearst Asylum 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Call 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Alcatraz 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Boardwalk Empire 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Fringe 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Tremé 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Vanishing on Seventh Street 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Rubicon 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Undercovers 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Fear Itself 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Transsiberian 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Surface 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

The Wire 2002, 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

The Machinist 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shield 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Happy Accidents 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Session 9 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Darien Gap 1996 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

Transsiberian 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Happy Accidents 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Session 9 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Darien Gap 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (4)

Happy Accidents 2001 (Movie)

(Editor)

Session 9 2001 (Movie)

(Editor)

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

(Editor)

The Darien Gap 1996 (Movie)

(Editor)
Sound (1)

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

Field Sound (Sound)
Music (1)

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

Mixer (Score Mixing)
Producer (1)

The Darien Gap 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

When he was ten years old, Brad Anderson received a Super 8 camera and a career was born. Born and raised in Connecticut, this independent filmmaker began his formal training at Bowdoin College followed by a year at London's International Film School. Anderson left the latter after completing the first of a two-year program, deciding his tuition would be better served funding a film. He settled in the Boston area and picked up professional experience on documentaries for PBS (e.g., 1991's "Making of the Sixties") and crafting short films. With several other local moviemakers, Anderson helped create the Boston Film Collective, for which he produced and edited the short "Crosley Fever" and paid homage to Ed Wood "Frankenstein's Planet of Monsters". By 1994, he felt ready to tackle a feature. Working on a tiny budget (reportedly $50,000), Anderson co-produced, wrote, edited and directed "The Darien Gap", casting his friend, musician Lyn Vaus, in the lead and intercutting some of his own home movies into the film. The film, a meditation on a slacker's inability to cope with his parents' divorce and its impact on his relationship with his girlfriend, received attention at 1996's Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by the small firm of Northern Arts. Although the film received numerous festival screenings, its theatrical release was spotty.

Relationships

Pamela Anderson

Mother
Worked at Yale University

Lauren Mansfield

Companion
Met 1996 at Sundance Film Festival

Holland Taylor Actor

Aunt
Born Jan. 14, 1943

EDUCATION

Bowdoin College

Brunswick , Maine 1987

Bowdoin College

Brunswick , Maine 1987

London International Film School

1989
dropped out after completing first year of a two-year program

Milestones

2013

Directed Halle Berry as a veteran 911 operator in "The Call"

2008

Co-wrote with Will Conroy and directed mystery-drama "Transsiberian," starring Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer

2008

Made TV producing debut on Fox series "Fringe"

2004

Directed Christian Bale in "The Machinist" as a man who has lost the ability to sleep, causing deterioration of his physical and mental health

2002

Helmed episodes of "The Shield" (FX) and "The Wire" (HBO)

2001

Directed horror-thriller "Session 9"

2000

Helmed third feature "Happy Accidents"; film produced by IFC Pictures outside of his Miramax deal; screened at the Sundance Film Festival; picked up for distribution by Paramount Classics; option later dropped; IFC Films released film 2001, one week after

1999

Made TV directorial debut with episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1998

Signed three-picture deal with Miramax

1998

Co-wrote with Vaus, edited, and directed "Next Stop Wonderland"; world rights sold to Miramax at Sundance Film Festival

1995

Debut feature, "The Darien Gap"; film starred Lyn Vaus

1993

Worked as editor on PBS series "The Americas"

1992

Helped form the Boston Film Collective; produced and edited group's first short "Crosley Fiver"

1991

Made 40-minute experimental "A Short Film About Bowling"

1991

Served as production assistant on PBS documentary "Making Sense of the Sixties"

1990

Returned to U.S. and moved to Boston, MA

1989

Moved to London to study filmmaking

1987

Worked as freelance film editor

1974

Received first camera, a Super 8 at age 10 (date approximate)

Raised in Madison, CT

Bonus Trivia

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Anderson's film "The Darien Gap" received the Best Director Prize at the 1996 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

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"My whole joy of filmmaking comes from piecing together scenes. I like shooting mounds of footage and putting it together into a story, the way that Lars von Trier does in 'Breaking the Waves'" – Anderson quoted in Variety, Jan. 15, 1997

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"It's weird talking about yourself. I've only done two movies – I don't feel like I've earned it yet." – Anderson to Kenneth Turan in The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 17, 1998

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"That's my advice to anyone: move quickly into the next thing, because the more you sit on whatever laurels you might have, or the more you languish in self-approbation, the longer you're going to take to sink into obscurity." – Anderson quoted in The Boston Globe, Feb. 1, 1998

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"'Wonderland' is my response to the glib, cynical attitude of today's youth culture. It's like the Joseph Campbell thing – follow your bliss. That may strike some people as cheesy, but what's the alternative? NOT to follow your bliss?" – Anderson to Thelma Adams in Indie, July-August 1998

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"I never want to do the same thing twice," he says. "It's always more daring and provocative to jump into something completely new." – Anderson in The New York Times, Aug. 5, 2001

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"I don't want to be known as the guy who makes cute, cuddly, happy movies." – Anderson to The Boston Globe, Aug.5, 2001

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