X

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

Projects I'm Supporting

Bridges: Solstice

Oakland Feature
Drama, LGBTQ

A triptych of stories invite us into the interweaving worlds of Yara, Ilhan, Quina and Luciana, who embody water, air, earth, and fire.

87%

This project got the green light!

DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION!

New York Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

A history of queer cinema from the women who made it happen.

100%

This project got the green light!

The Water is My Sky

St. Louis Feature
Documentary, Sport

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

132%

This project got the green light!

Queen of the Capital

Washington Feature
Documentary, LGBTQ

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

85%

This project got the green light!

Skater

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Shorts Program

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

116%

This project got the green light!

Looking for Leia

San Francisco Series
Documentary, Sci-Fi

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

122%

This project got the green light!

Comedic Timing

Los Angeles Series
Comedy

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

106%

This project got the green light!

Pozole

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

Maia prolly killed her Nana.

112%

This project got the green light!

Fragments of An Ecosystem

Jacmel Feature
Documentary, Science

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

80%

This project got the green light!

Straight Up

Los Angeles Feature
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

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

101%

This project got the green light!

Nun Habits Series

New York Series
Comedy, LGBTQ

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

87%

This project got the green light!

The Book Keepers

Roanoke Feature
Documentary, Family

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

111%

This project got the green light!

Becoming Incurable

Sacramento Feature
Documentary

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

111%

This project got the green light!

RAG DOLL

Los Angeles Feature
Drama

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

117%

This project got the green light!

Anna's Documentary

New York Feature
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.

101%

This project got the green light!

GRIT

Los Angeles Short
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.

105%

This project got the green light!

XJW | Coming Out of the Jehovah's Witness Religion

Denver Series
Documentary, Global Celebration

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

136%

This project got the green light!

Choke

Los Angeles Short
Drama, Action

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

159%

This project got the green light!

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

Los Angeles Series
Documentary, News

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

114%

This project got the green light!

Deviant

Boulder Feature
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.

83%

This project got the green light!

This World Alone

Atlanta Feature
Drama, Sci-Fi

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

112%

This project got the green light!

Adapting

New York Short
Comedy

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

103%

This project got the green light!

Pretty Dudes - Season Two

Los Angeles Series
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.

88%

This project got the green light!

In Her Wake

Los Angeles Short
Comedy, Drama

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

85%

This project got the green light!

Ponyboi

Los Angeles Short
Drama, LGBTQ

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

114%

This project got the green light!

Sending to: 112 supporters

Add attachment (2MB filesize limit)

Your message has been sent!

Hi there! We're excited for you to send your first message.

Just a reminder, use messaging respectfully and appropriately. As a community of filmmakers and film lovers, we're here to tell stories, expand imaginations, build bridges and deepen empathy. Like everything on our platform, be supportive, create healthy debate, never get nasty and definitely don't spam. To use Seed&Spark, you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Are you sure you want to delete this draft? There's no undo button!

The draft has been successfully deleted!

Ok

Hiding your project will prevent it from being viewed on the site or showing in search results on the web. Please note that it can take up to a week or two for Google to stop surfacing the page in search results. Anyone that clicks through before then will see the not found page.

Unhiding your project will allow it to be viewed on the site and show in search results on the web. Please note that it can take up to a week or two for Google to start surfacing the page again in search results.

Terms

>

Basic Info

Before we get started, please confirm the following:

By starting a project you agree to Seed&Spark’s Site Guidelines.

Terms

>

Basic Info

Cancel


Saved to Watchlist

Way to go, you just added something to your watchlist for the first time! You can find and view your watchlist at anytime from your profile.

Pay what you can.

Watch wild and wonderful movies and shows from independent filmmakers and get a new handpicked playlist every month.

Subscribe to Seed&Spark

Watch

Fund