“Anne” is a short film, as seen through the eyes of two girls, both of whom identify with the diary written by Anne Frank. We ask you to support this socially relevant film in its efforts to bring the discussion of diversity to the masses and asks you to question: is cultural and genetic suffering overshadowed in the push for diversity? Or is the legacy of Anne Frank more universally relatable than we realize?
Two actresses, a white Jewish actress and a Black actress, have made it to the final callbacks for the role of a lifetime: to play Anne Frank in an upcoming Broadway revival. But as the topic of color-blind casting makes its way into the audition room, the controversial question emerges: who has the right to portray Anne Frank?
WHY THIS STORY:
Ultimately, Anne is a film about why stories like Anne Frank’s continue to be told. On one hand, this was a living person from a very specific culture who represents a horrific part of that culture’s history – and that ought to be recognized. On the other hand, is it possible a person of color in our era has an equally valid connection to Anne’s own experience, when it comes to living in fear of persecution? Is one kind of oppression more sacred or more relevant than another? Or is the push for diversity overshadowing one culture’s genetic suffering?
Our current climate is very ripe with throwing words like “diversity” and “inclusion” around – and for good reason. But part of that movement includes the less discussed (or at the very least acknowledged) aspects of intention and authenticity. So when casting someone like Anne, we must ask ourselves: how she is best remembered? As a monument cast in stone… or as a character open to interpretation? This is what we attempt to discuss in Anne, through the eyes of two women both “right” for the role.
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Adi Eshman is a Jewish-American playwright, screenwriter and producer currently in the first year of his fellowship at USC’s MFA in Dramatic Writing. His works have been read at NYU Gallatin, Columbia University, The Tank, Jewish Women’s Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Café and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. In 2019, his play King Lesbian was a finalist for the Jewish Plays Contest. He worked as a writer’s assistant on Steven Soderbergh’s experimental HBO drama, MOSAIC. BA: NYU Gallatin.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Desiree Abeyta is a Telly Award winning Hispanic actor, filmmaker, and producer, known for exploring social and feminist themes through a magical/hopeful lens. A graduate of the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, Desiree also has a BA in Theater Performance from UNLV’s Nevada Conservatory Theatre Program. She has performed on stages from Los Angeles to Macau, China, and even starred across from Billy Baldwin & Denise Richards in the Christmas Film “The Christmas Trade“. With her true passion set on directing, Desiree is a strong visual artist drawn to diverse and engaging storytelling that stems from a foundation of social consciousness. Her short film, An Invitation to Tea (Desiree’s first venture into filmmaking as a writer/director), was one of 5 recipients of the “Inwood Artworks Filmmaker Grant” in 2019 and received the “Audience Choice Award” when it debuted as part of the “Discover Different” programming at the Charlotte Film Festival in September of 2020.
Our goal is to do this as simply as possible, allowing Adi’s well-crafted dialogue and the inherent conflict to speak for itself. That being said, we know as filmmakers how important production quality is. We have an incredible & diverse team of filmmakers ready to go, as soon as we are green-lit enough to make this film a reality! We believe it is important to pay people for their time and their talents, so the only favors we intend to ask are for your generosity, as well as, any connections to a suitable location and donated gear (also a tax write off BTW!) The following breakdown is based on a single location and 1 shoot day.
Our goal is to go the education route with “Anne”, and after a (hopefully) successful festival run, we have connections at Educational Media Groups who have shown interest in the film’s concept. We would seek distribution with them as an outlet for the film to be dispersed to the masses, while continuing the conversation that this film aims to spark among its viewers.
Thank you for your interest! We appreciate any and all support you can offer to two burgeoning creatives, both of whom have a lot to offer the world of storytelling.