Annie Silverstein’s films have screened at international festivals including Cannes, SXSW, Silverdocs, Hamptons International Film Festival and on PBS Independent Lens. Her latest short film, Skunk, won the jury award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival–Cinéfondation, BAFTA-Los Angeles, and Austin Film Festival. Shortly after, she was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. Silverstein is a Sundance Institute Fellow and recipient of the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation Grant for her upcoming feature, Bull.
What would be your advice to aspiring screenwriters? Get used to the wilderness.
What are your current projects? Currently working on a rewrite for a feature script I plan to direct called Bull. Johnny McAllister is co-writing the script with me. This is our first time writing together and it’s been great. The script just went through the Sundance Writers Lab where we had some wonderful advisors. Plan is to shoot in the late Fall of 2017.
What are your favorite films or television shows? Recently been re-watching The Prophet, La Promesse, Ratcatcher, and The Wire. Hall of Famers in my book.
Favorite AFF Memory: I don‘t have one in particular, but every year I‘m at AFF I think ―I want to be part of this tribe. And then I remember I get to be—it‘s all inclusive. It’s the nature of the festival and the community it attracts. So welcoming, so encouraging, so damn smart, witty, and real. I treasure AFF.