Allison Anders


16 Nov 1954


Ashland, Kentucky, USA


Mary Allison Anders


Anders weathered a rough childhood and young adult life which not only encouraged an escapist penchant for making up characters but also an insider's sympathy for the strong but put-upon women who people her films. Growing up in rural Kentucky, Anders would always remember hanging onto her father's leg at age five as he abandoned her family. Traveling frequently with her mother and sisters, Anders would later be raped at age 12, endure abuse from a stepfather who once threatened her with a gun, and suffer a mental breakdown at age 15. Venturing back to Kentucky from Los Angeles at 17, she would soon move to London to live with the man who would father her first child. Upon her return to the US, Anders finally began to pick up the pieces of her life. She enrolled in junior college and later the UCLA film school and managed when a second daughter came along. Enchanted with _Wim Wenders_' films, she so deluged the filmmaker with correspondence that he gave her a job as a production assistant on his film Paris, Texas (1984). After graduating from UCLA, Anders made her feature writing and directing debut, Border Radio (1987), a study of the LA punk scene, in collaboration with two former classmates. Her first solo effort, Gas, Food Lodging (1992), telling of a single mother and her two teenage daughters, and her followup, Mi vida loca (1993), looking at girl gangs in the Echo Park neighborhood of LA where Anders settled, have shown her to be a deeply personal filmmaker who has used her own experience to make grittily realistic, well-observed, gently ambling studies of women coming of age amid tough, sterile social conditions.

Actor ( 16 credits )

The Lie (2011) Allison
Iconoclast (2010) Herself
American Grindhouse (2010) Herself - Director, Mi Vida Loca
The One Man Beatles (2009) Herself
Tales from the Script (2009) Herself
On Profiles in Courage (2009) Herself
Frank Borzage, Director (2009) Herself
Trailers from Hell (2007)  Herself (unknown episodes)
This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) Herself - Director of 'Gas - Food - Lodging'
Olive Thomas: Everybody's Sweetheart (2003) Herself
Sundance 20 (2002) Herself
Independent View (2002)  Herself
Women's Day: The Making of a Bill (1998)
Welcome to Hollywood (1998) Herself
Raw Footage (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 1997)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Herself (2 episodes, 1999)

Producer ( 7 credits )

I Believe in Unicorns (2014) executive producer
Fireflies (2013) executive producer
Rock N Roll Mamas (2013) executive producer
Strutter (2012) producer
Until the Very Last Moment (2009) executive producer
The Pacific and Eddy (2007) executive producer
Lover Girl (1997) executive producer

Writer ( 6 credits )

Things Behind the Sun (2001) (written by) &
Sugar Town (1999) (written by) &
Grace of My Heart (1996) (written by)
Four Rooms (1995) (written by) (segment "The Missing Ingredient")
Mi vida loca (1993) (written by)
Gas, Food Lodging (1992)

Director ( 22 credits )

Proof (2015) (1 episode, 2015)
Murder in the First (2014) (1 episode, 2014)
Gang Related (2014) (1 episode, 2014)
The Divide (2014) (1 episode, 2014)
TURN (2014) (1 episode, 2015)
Orange Is the New Black (2013) (1 episode, 2014)
Strutter (2012)
Southland (2009) (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
The Mentalist (2008) (1 episode, 2013)
What About Brian (2006) (2 episodes, 2006)
Men in Trees (2006) (1 episode, 2006)
The L Word (2004) (1 episode, 2006)
Cold Case (2003) (1 episode, 2004)
Things Behind the Sun (2001)
Grosse Pointe (2000) (2 episodes, 2000)
Sugar Town (1999)
Sex and the City (1998) (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Grace of My Heart (1996)
Four Rooms (1995) (segment "The Missing Ingredient")
Mi vida loca (1993)
Gas, Food Lodging (1992)
Border Radio (1987)