Haley Elizabeth Anderson

AFS Film: The Sentence of Michael Thompson

Anderson is a filmmaker, writer, and photo-based visual artist from Houston, Texas. She recently graduated from New York University’s Graduate Film Program as a Dean’s Fellow. With roots across the American South and Gulf Coast, and a background in playwriting and poetry, her work revolves around fragile, nebulous emotions in memories and coming-of-age experiences; familial mythology, and the ever-growing class-divide through mundane but significant moments of human vulnerability and intimacy. Although her work is often a meditation on personal histories and identity, she is interested in examining these ideas within a global landscape, experimenting with natural environments and cinematic language. Before moving to New York, Haley worked in casting. Her experiences street-casting a Terrance Malick project in Austin, Texas led her to further develop her love for collaborating with first-time actors, a process that drives part of her aesthetic: a hybrid of narrative film and experimental documentary. The NYC-based filmmaker is a rising talent. She wrote and directed Pillars which debuted this year at the Sundance Film Festival as a selection in the U.S. Narrative Short Films program. Additionally, her short documentary, If There Is Light, was released on Hulu. If There Is Light debuted at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival as part of the Procter & Gamble-supported Queen Collective program aimed at accelerating gender and racial equality behind the camera. If There Is Light was one of two short films selected for Tribeca’s Queen Collective showcase, giving exposure to work created by diverse young women and inspiring positive social change. Her work has been featured at the Barbican in London, The Shed in New York, Le Cinema Club, the Criterion Channel, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Sundance. She was recently selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.