19 Facts About Allison Anders


Allison Anders was born on November 16,1954 and is an American independent film director whose films include Gas Food Lodging, Mi Vida Loca and Grace of My Heart.


Allison Anders' films have been shown at the Cannes International Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival.


Allison Anders has been awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant as well as a Peabody Award.


Allison Anders has four sisters, one of whom, Luanna Anders, starred in her first film, Border Radio.


Allison Anders hitchhiked across the country, at one point ending up in jail.


Allison Anders later moved to London with the man who fathered her first child.


Allison Anders said that growing up, most of her time was spent watching TV and going to movie theaters.


In 1986, Allison Anders won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for a script called Lost Highway that she wrote about her father.


Allison Anders said that after writing the script she shared it with her father, and was able to have a relationship with him again.


Allison Anders' 1996 film, Grace of My Heart, was a musical drama executive produced by Martin Scorsese, about a songwriter and her career over several years, including work in the early 1960s in music publishing and production offices, a setting based on the Brill Building.


In 2013, Allison Anders released the Lifetime-produced TV movie Ring of Fire, a June Carter Cash biopic that featured the musician Jewel.


Allison Anders directed an episode of Turn: Washington's Spies, which was especially interesting to her because she has distant relatives on both sides of her family who were spies for George Washington.


In 2013, Allison Anders interviewed 94-year-old actress and Hollywood legend Marge Champion, who appeared at a 2013 Hollywood film festival screening of 1968 cult film The Swimmer, which starred Burt Lancaster.


Allison Anders has contributed to the web series Trailers from Hell.


Allison Anders created a website called "Greta's Records" to curate and share the collection of 50 records.


Allison Anders started as a fan, sending him letters and music, and Wenders eventually responded.


Allison Anders said that she created a faux grant that she "won" so that she and at least one other friend could study under Wenders on location for his film Paris, Texas.


In 2003, Allison Anders became a Distinguished Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she teaches in the Film And Media Studies Department one quarter each year.


Allison Anders has taught courses on topics including autobiographic writing, rock and roll films, and music supervision.