Allison Anders

Allison Anders

Allison Anders, from the release of her first feature, Border Radio (1989; co-written and co-directed with Kurt Voss) through Things Behind the Sun (2001), has established an innovative body of work marked by ensemble acting and strong women characters. Her films as writer-director also include Gas Food Lodging (1992), Mi Vida Loca (1993) and Grace of My Heart (1996).  A professor at University Of California, Anders has also directed episodes of the TV Shows Sex In The CityCold CaseThe L-Word and What About Brian and the recent Lifetime TV movie, Ring of Fire, for which she was nominated for an Emmy. In the last year, Allison has worked frequently, directing episodes of Gang Related, The Divide, Murder in the First, and Orange is the New Black.

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Forty Guns

1957
20th Century Fox
Not Sam Fuller’s greatest western, but still stylish, ballsy and memorable if only for...
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Wild Guitar

1962
Fairway International
Designed for the bottom of drive-in double-bills, this rags-to-rocker saga stars Arch Hall Jr....
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Peeping Tom

1962
Astor Pictures
The first Video Nasty came not only before video but from the esteemed Michael...
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Jailhouse Rock

1957
MGM
It helps to be an Elvis fan, but this 1957 deliquency drama (his third...
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The Fastest Guitar Alive

1967
MGM
The great Roy Orbison’s movie career goes down in a blaze of...
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The Naked Spur

1953
MGM
Art Gilmore’s breathless narration propels us through this classic trailer for the third...
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Privilege

1967
Universal
Anticipating punk rock, Peter Watkins’ semi-documentary study of a future society using music to enslave...
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Psych-Out

1968
AIP
Dick Clark produced Richard Rush’s ode to the Haight-Ashbury scene, filmed on location by Laszlo...
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All That Heaven Allows

1955
Universal
Another lacerating depiction of the values of post-war middle-class Americans from Douglas...
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Blue Denim

1959
20th Century Fox
50’s teens get in Trouble in this scandalous-for-its-day adaptation of James Leo Herlihy’s Broadway...
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Lisztomania

1975
Warner Bros.
Was Franz Liszt the first rock star? Is the Pope an ex-Beatle? You bet! Many...
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Nashville Girl

1976
New World
It’s a rough road to country music stardom for a briefly virginal Loretta Lynn...
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Reform School Girl

1957
AIP
Stooges and Bowery Boys director Edward Bernds brings his budget-savvy aesthetic to one...
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The Big T.N.T. Show

1966
AIP
AIP’s 1966 followup to the smash rock concert hit The T.A.M.I. Show...
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