Allison Anders

Highest Rated: 100% Things Behind the Sun (2001)
Lowest Rated: 14% Four Rooms (1996)
Birthday: Nov 16, 1954
Birthplace: Not Available
The hardships encountered and overcome by director Allison Anders are often reflected in the grittiness and strength of her feminine characters, lending a reality to her stories that is refreshing. Born in Ashland, KY, Anders, her mother, and her four sisters were abandoned by her father when she was just five. At age 12 she was sexually assaulted and later was abused by her stepfather. At age 15 her mother took her and her sisters to Los Angeles to escape further abuse. Unable to deal with the trauma, Anders spent time in mental wards and later foster homes and jail. By the time she was in her early twenties, Anders had lived on a commune, been to London where she bore her first daughter, and returned to Los Angeles where, after attending junior college and working odd jobs, she enrolled in U.C.L.A. During that time, Anders had her second daughter. She graduated from the university's distinguished film school with an industry fellowship and due to a dedicated personal correspondence campaign aimed at Wim Wenders, her favorite director, managed to get a job as an assistant on his 1984 film Paris, Texas. Three years later she wrote and directed her first feature, Border Radio, with the assistance of a couple former classmates from film school, Dean Lent and Kurt Voss. She made her solo directorial debut in 1992 with Gas, Food, Lodging, the story of a trailer park mother and her adolescent daughters. The following year, Anders made Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life), an unflinching exploration of the girl gangs of Echo Park, the L.A. neighborhood where Anders lives. She next provided a vignette in the anthology film Four Rooms (1994). Her entry, about a coven of witches who seduce a bellboy in hopes of harvesting a vital bodily fluid for a ritual held in a rundown hotel, was considered one of the weakest. Anders did much better with her 1996 feature, Grace of My Heart, a fictional autobiography during the 1960s that was very loosely based on the life of singer/songwriter Carole King.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
50% Beaches Director 2017
88% I Believe in Unicorns Executive Producer 2015
No Score Yet The One Man Beatles Actor 2013
33% Ring of Fire Director 2013
No Score Yet Strutter Producer Director Screenwriter 2012
74% The Lie Allison 2011
No Score Yet A Crush On You Director 2011
75% Tales From the Script Actor 2010
86% American Grindhouse Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Pacific and Eddy Executive Producer 2007
84% This Film Is Not Yet Rated Actor 2006
No Score Yet In the Company of Women Actor 2004
100% Things Behind the Sun Director Screenwriter 2001
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood Actor 2000
67% Sugar Town Director Screenwriter 1999
No Score Yet Lover Girl Executive Producer 1997
14% Four Rooms Director 1996
75% Grace of My Heart Screenwriter Director 1996
71% Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) Director 1993
80% Gas Food Lodging Director Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet Border Radio Screenwriter Director 1987

TV

CREDIT
50% Graves
2016-2017
Director
  • 2017
89% Riverdale
2017
Producer Director
  • 2017
67% Time After Time
2017
Director
  • 2017
No Score Yet Murder in the First
2014-2016
Producer Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
53% Proof
2015
Director
  • 2015
81% Turn: Washington's Spies
2014-2017
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
41% Gang Related
2014
Director
  • 2014
92% The Divide
2014
Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Director
  • 2013
87% Southland
2009-2013
Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009
44% Men in Trees
2006-2008
Director
  • 2006
54% The L Word
2004-2009
Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet What About Brian
2006-2007
Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Director
  • 2004
71% Sex and the City
1998-2004
Director
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
94% Sorry for Your Loss
2018
Director

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