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Allison Anders

Highest Rated:   100% Things Behind the Sun (2001)
Lowest Rated:   14% Four Rooms (1996)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
50% Beaches
  • Director
2017
94% 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
77% Grace of My Heart
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1996
71% Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)
  • Director
1993
79% Gas Food Lodging
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet Border Radio
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% Riverdale
2017
  • Producer
  • Director
  • 2017
67% Time After Time
2017
  • Director
  • 2017
No Score Yet Murder in the First
2014-2016
  • Director
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
57% Proof
2015
  • Director
  • 2015
66% Turn: Washington's Spies
2014
  • Director
  • 2015
43% Gang Related
2014
  • Director
  • 2014
92% The Divide
2014
  • Director
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Director
  • 2013
86% Southland
2009-2013
  • Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Director
  • 2006
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Director
  • 2004

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