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Hey, I'm Annalise!

San Francisco, California

I'm a documentary filmmaker (MAJOR!, Diagnosing Difference), psychotherapist, and consultant based in San Francisco. My work focuses on decolonizing the documentary filmmaking process by centering participants as key collaborators in storytelling, and critically challenging the ways director/producer/editor roles can serve as extensions of systems of social control. My work is informed by the principles of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, a psychological qualitative research method which seeks to explore how individuals create meaning and understanding of their own experiences. I'm interested in stories of racial and gender justice, and how targeted communities use resilience as a form of resistance.

 

I'm a trained psychotherapist with Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology and work in private practice with individuals, couples, and multi-partner relationships on issues of sexuality, gender, and intimacy.

 

​MAJOR! (2015) was the recipient of 20 Best Documentary awards, including the Outfest LA, InsideOut Toronto, and Queer Screen Sydney Audience Awards. My work has been made possible with grant support from the Arcus Foundation, Horizons Foundation, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Transforming Justice / Tides Foundation.

 

Other good things to know about me? Queer. Chihuahua enthusiast. Star Wars fangirl.

My Projects

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The Water is My Sky

St. Louis • Documentary, Sport

Two dedicated swimmers must temporarily sacrifice their professional lives to pursue their dreams of earning a world number 1 ranking


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Queen of the Capital

Washington • Documentary, LGBTQ

Daniel, a government bureaucrat in Washington D.C., dreams of becoming Queen of the Capital.


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Skater

Los Angeles • Drama, Shorts Program

A 13 year old competitive figure skater who suffers from severe anxiety is possessed by the spirit of her skating idol.


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Looking for Leia

San Francisco • Documentary, Sci-Fi

A joyous gender justice project about the women of Star Wars fandom


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Comedic Timing

Los Angeles • Comedy

An improv teacher helps her all-women class sort out their personal lives as hers careens out of control.


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Pozole

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

Maia prolly killed her Nana.


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Fragments of An Ecosystem

Jacmel • Documentary, Science

Doing conservation science in real world scenarios, where people directly depend on their environment's resources for survival.


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Straight Up

Los Angeles • LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

A romantic comedy-drama about intellectual soul mates. He might be gay. She might not care.


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Nun Habits Series

New York • Comedy, LGBTQ

A weed-smoking nun befriends a gay high school senior. Together, they reconcile their personal beliefs with the teachings of the Church.


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The Book Keepers

Roanoke • Documentary, Family

A father and son crisscross the country to fulfill a dying wish, ensure a legacy and find solace after tragic personal loss.


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Becoming Incurable

Sacramento • Documentary

A filmmaker captures the struggles, triumphs, and every day lives of three individuals living with severe chronic, incurable illnesses.


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RAG DOLL

Los Angeles • Drama

A young woman, exhausted by her daily fight to survive, embraces violence when she enters a MMA tournament.


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Anna's Documentary

New York • Documentary

What happens when you receive a diagnosis that changes your life in a heartbeat? Anna embarks on a journey to find out and begin to heal.


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GRIT

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

Frankie, a single woman in her late 30’s, discovers that due to an infertility issue, motherhood is suddenly a matter of now or never.


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XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah's Witness Religion

Denver • Documentary, Global Celebration

XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah's Witness Religion Documentary Series


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Choke

Los Angeles • Drama, Action

A rising MMA star hides her refugee status from her small American town, and the world.


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LIFE AT ALL COSTS - A Documentary Series Going Beyond Pro Choice Vs. Pro Life

Los Angeles • Documentary, News

Follow Asha Dahya, a former conservative Christian on her attempt to find common ground between pro choice and pro life.


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Deviant

Boulder • Drama, Sci-Fi

What's so great about being normal? In the"Perfect Society" all imperfect "deviants" are shot into space for the rest of their lives.


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This World Alone

Atlanta • Drama, Sci-Fi

An independent feature film about three women living in seclusion following a cataclysmic event that left the Earth without technology.


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Adapting

New York • Comedy

The (mostly) true story of a couple who begin the emotional, difficult and surprisingly ridiculous journey of adopting a baby.


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Pretty Dudes - Season Two

Los Angeles • Comedy, LGBTQ

The "pretty boy curse" may be over, but is their luck changing for the better? The Dudes make new friends and face new challenges.


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In Her Wake

Los Angeles • Comedy, Drama

An honest comedy about real tragedy. A brother and sister try to navigate through their mother's wake with high spirits.


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Ponyboi

Los Angeles • Drama, LGBTQ

Ponyboi follows an intersex runaway, living in the dumps of New Jersey, as he searches for love in all the wrong places


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