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Anna Cordell is an Australian actor, writer & filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Recent film projects she has appeared in include: Palisade, Rubber Heart and When You Return.
In 2016 she wrote and acted in the short film Hip Hip Hooray, which was featured in the narrative short program at SXSW 2016.
This summer she will be starring in the short film Runaway by Sylvia Saether.
Anna’s writing credits also include the short film Rubber Heart, to be released later this year.
She is currently working with friend & director Lizzy Sanford on a theater piece to be produced in the fall, as well as a collection of short fiction.
Interview with Director Lizzy Sanford (January 2017)
Length: 8min 15 sec
Director: Lizzy Sanford
Producer: Traci Carlson & Lizzy Sanford
Writer: Lizzy Sanford & Anna Cordell
About the writer, director and producer:
Lizzy’s award winning short films have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, Cinequest, SF Indie Fest, Tulsa International Film Festival and Evolution Film Festival. Her first film Palisade won best short film at the Evolution Film Festival in Palma Mallorca, Spain. Her second short Hip Hip Hooray premiered at SXSW and was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick. Her third, Rubber Heart will premiere at 2017’s Sundance Film Festival. Her commercial work includes spots for Bulgari and Dolce & Gabbana. Lizzy lives and works in Los Angeles.
Key cast: Anna Cordell, Kevin Phillips
Congratulations! Why did you make your film?
I made this film because filmmaking is what fulfills me! I can’t seem to find peace in anything else.
Imagine I’m a member of the audience. Why should I watch this film?
You should watch this film because (hopefully) it will make you uncomfortable enough to have a conversation about sexuality, to consider the concepts of beauty, vulnerability and control.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
Connecting personal to universal is essential in storytelling. Here a fragmented mix of memories are grounded by a larger ethos that questions a woman’s choice to have pubic hair, to expose herself, to orgasm, to do anything at all with respect to female sexuality.
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development and production?
Every film goes through an incredible transformation from concept to fruition. This one is no different. At first Rubber Heart was more of an experiment in filming an honest sex scene. As we worked with the script and began bringing the words to life, it became a much more powerful message about personal freedoms and how they are so often entangled with a sense of self control and protection.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
We’re excited to have been invited to premiere at Sundance of course! But generally it has been a very polarizing film for early audience members; it seems to make some folks uneasy and some wildly excited.
Has the feedback surprised or challenged your point of view?
The feedback has made me understand that talking about female sexuality is more important than ever. Showing your film to an audience is very humbling. I didn’t realize it would appear as controversial as it does.
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
I’d be interested in distributing the film, or finding a place for it to premiere online so people who do not attend film festivals can see it.
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
I’d like this film to have a life of its own, I have no preconceptions about what the best version of that might be.
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
Do women own their bodies?