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.
Projects I'm Supporting
A triptych of stories invite us into the interweaving worlds of Yara, Ilhan, Quina and Luciana, who embody water, air, earth, and fire.
DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!
A history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen.
The Water is My Sky
Two dedicated swimmers must temporarily sacrifice their professional lives to pursue their dreams of earning a world number 1 ranking
Queen of the Capital
Daniel, a government bureaucrat in Washington D.C., dreams of becoming Queen of the Capital.
A 13 year old competitive figure skater who suffers from severe anxiety is possessed by the spirit of her skating idol.
Looking for Leia
A joyous gender justice project about the women of Star Wars fandom
An improv teacher helps her all-women class sort out their personal lives as hers careens out of control.
Maia prolly killed her Nana.
Fragments of An Ecosystem
Doing conservation science in real world scenarios, where people directly depend on their environment's resources for survival.
A romantic comedy-drama about intellectual soul mates. He might be gay. She might not care.
Nun Habits Series
A weed-smoking nun befriends a gay high school senior. Together, they reconcile their personal beliefs with the teachings of the Church.
The Book Keepers
A father and son crisscross the country to fulfill a dying wish, ensure a legacy and find solace after tragic personal loss.
A filmmaker captures the struggles, triumphs, and every day lives of three individuals living with severe chronic, incurable illnesses.
A young woman, exhausted by her daily fight to survive, embraces violence when she enters a MMA tournament.
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.
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.
XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah's Witness Religion
XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah's Witness Religion Documentary Series
A rising MMA star hides her refugee status from her small American town, and the world.
LIFE AT ALL COSTS - A Documentary Series Going Beyond Pro Choice Vs. Pro Life
Follow Asha Dahya, a former conservative Christian on her attempt to find common ground between pro choice and pro life.
What's so great about being normal? In the"Perfect Society" all imperfect "deviants" are shot into space for the rest of their lives.
This World Alone
An independent feature film about three women living in seclusion following a cataclysmic event that left the Earth without technology.
The (mostly) true story of a couple who begin the emotional, difficult and surprisingly ridiculous journey of adopting a baby.
Pretty Dudes - Season Two
The "pretty boy curse" may be over, but is their luck changing for the better? The Dudes make new friends and face new challenges.
In Her Wake
An honest comedy about real tragedy. A brother and sister try to navigate through their mother's wake with high spirits.
Ponyboi follows an intersex runaway, living in the dumps of New Jersey, as he searches for love in all the wrong places