Hey, I'm Anna!

Los Angeles, California

My name is Anna and I'm a first-generation Cuban-Swedish comedian, artist, and filmmaker based in LA. Back in 2013, I started drawing a little doodle that would eventually become Bad Comix by Anna (@badcomixbyanna) -- my Instagram webcomic that now has nearly 50k followers. Through my comic, I was able to process my depression and anxiety, and also my troubled relationship to cheese (I love it! But my bowels do NOT). Badcomix was the first thing I ever made that ever truly felt 100% me.

 

Since then, I've gone on to make more, bigger projects. I became a Sundance Lab fellow, and more recently, a Women in Film/Blacklist Episodic Lab fellow. I got an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA. I wrote and directed 2 short films, Insomniac and Half Waltz, the first of which was an official selection in the NewFilmmakers Latinx Festival and is currently streaming on NoBudge.com.

 

In addition, for the last 6 years, I've also been writing and performing comedy with my partner and fellow latina (& Floridian), Heather Alarcón Higginbotham. Together as "John Baxter Comedy," we've made dozens of comedy videos, including one that went viral -- A Star is Korn. We've learned filmmaking through doing, pulling together cast and crew through favors and our own money, and it's always been rewarding.

 

Through it all, Heather and I eventually formed our own DIY production company, Pickle Films. We were tired of seeing the lack of POC and female representation in film after film, show after show, and Pickle Films is our attempt to transform the industry for the better.

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