Tracey Anarella

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Tracey Anarella
Tracey Anarella at Cannes Film Festival, France, May 2015 cropped.jpg
Tracey Anarella at Cannes Film Festival, France, May 2015
Born Tracey Williams Anarella
(1963-01-28) January 28, 1963 (age 55)
Cleveland, Ohio[1]
Residence Brooklyn (New York City)
Nationality American
Education Cornell University (1985), Fordham University (2011)
Occupation Documentary film maker
Years active 2013 – present
Known for “Jesse and the Fountain of Youth” (2013), “Not Black Enough” (2017)
Partner(s) Peter Fish[2]
Children 2
Awards Filmmaker of the Year (Austin Revolution Film Festival 2017)[3]
Website www.traceyanarella.com

Tracey Anarella (born January 28, 1963 -) is an American documentary film maker.

Career[edit]

Anarella made her debut as the director of Jesse and the Fountain of Youth (2013), an 11-minute documentary about a New York City subway busker.[4] The movie won the "Emerging Artists Award" at the McMinnville Short Film Festival (2013),[5][better source needed] "Best Short Film" at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema (2014)[citation needed] and "Best Documentary" at the Laughlin International Film Festival (2014).[4]

In 2014 Anarella shot a 12-minute documentary Brooklyn United about the Brooklyn United Marching Band.[6] The movie received three nominations at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema in 2015[2] and was featured in the Cannes Short Corner marketplace at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival[1] and at Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (Jecheon, South Korea).[7] She continued with a 10-minute documentary Beautiful Lies (2016) about her father, 87 year-old artist George Williams, who suffers from dementia and talks about his life through his alter ego named Charles. It premiered at 2016 Harlem International Film Festival[8] and later was screened at Laughlin International Film Festival (2016).[9] SENE Film, Art and Music Festival (2017)[10] and YoFiFest (2017).[11]

In 2017, Anarella made Not Black Enough, her first full-length documentary featuring Vanessa Williams, Petey Pablo, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Florence LaRue. It was featured at WOW Middle Eastern Film Festival (Dubai, United Arab Emirates),[12] The Ethnografilm Festival (Paris, France),[13] at Roxbury Film Festival,[14] Austin Revolution Film Festival,[3] Laughlin International Film Festival,[15] Buffalo Niagara Film Festival,[16] Queens World Film Festival,[17] SENE Film, Art and Music Festival[18] and at International Black Film Festival,[19] Charlotte Black Film Festival,[20] 19th San Francisco Black Film Festival[21][22] and African Diaspora Film Festival.[23][24]

In 2017, Anarella started to film Livingston Taylor: Life Is Good, a documentary about American folk musician Livingston Taylor.[25] The movie was partially crowdfunded at Indiegogo.[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 McMinnville Short Film Festival 2013 Best Emerging Artist Award Jesse and the Fountain of Youth Won
Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema Official Selection Jesse and the Fountain of Youth
2014 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema Best Short Film Jesse and the Fountain of Youth Won[4]
SENE Arts, Film and Music Festival Audience Award for Short Docs Jesse and the Fountain of Youth Won
Honorable Mention Jesse and the Fountain of Youth
Rahway International Film Festival Best Documentary Jesse and the Fountain of Youth Won
Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Merit for Short Documentary Category Jesse and the Fountain of Youth Won[27]
Action On Film International Film Festival Best Short Doc Jesse and the Fountain of Youth Nominated[4][28]
Austin Indie flix Showcase Best Short Documentary Jesse and the Fountain of Youth Won[29]
Rochester International Film Festival Award of Merit for Short Documentary Jesse and the Fountain of Youth Won
2015 SENE Film, Art and Music Festival Audience Award-Best Short Documentary Brooklyn United Won[30]
WorldFest Film Festival Platinum Remi for Documentary Brooklyn United Won
Cannes Short Corner Short Corner Marketplace[1] Brooklyn United
Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (Jecheon, South Korea) Official Selection[7] Brooklyn United
2016 Laughlin International Film Festival Matthew C. Martino Rising Star Award Not Black Enough Won[15]
WorldFest Houston Remi Award For Documentaries (Bronze) Jesse and the Fountain of Youth Won[31]
Hollywood International Independent Film Festival Documentaries Not Black Enough Won
International Black Film Festival Official Selection[19] Not Black Enough
Austin Revolution Film Festival Documentary Feature Not Black Enough Won[3]
YOFI Film Festival Official Selection Not Black Enough
2017 WOW Middle Eastern Film Festival (Dubai)[12][32][33] Best Documentary Not Black Enough Won
Buffalo Niagara Film Festival Best Documentary Not Black Enough Won[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b William Hagle (2015-01-13). "Idyllwild: The Greatest Little Film Festival on Earth". thehollywoodtimes.net. Archived from the original on 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  3. ^ a b c "2017 Award Winners". Austin Revolution Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Jesse and the Fountain of Youth". Queens World Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Last night was the 3rd Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival". McMinnville Short Film Festival (Facebook page). 2013-10-13. Archived from the original on 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2017-10-27. This award went to a filmmaker with less than 2 years of experience, and the entry could be in any category. This year’s winner was: “Jesse and the Fountain of Youth” submitted by Tracey Anarella from Brooklyn, NY 
  6. ^ "2015 International Family Film Festival Program Book" (PDF). International Family Film Festival. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
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  17. ^ "Not Black Enough". Queens World Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  18. ^ "Documentary Feature". SENE Film, Art and Music Festival. Archived from the original on 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  19. ^ a b Cass Teague (2016-10-13). "10th International Black Film Festival wraps". Nashville Pride. Archived from the original on 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  20. ^ "2016 CBFF Official Selections". Charlotte Black Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  21. ^ Peter Wong (2017-06-13). "19th San Francisco Black Film Festival Preview". Beyond Chron. Archived from the original on 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  22. ^ "Official Selections 2017". San Francisco Black Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  23. ^ "Not Black Enough - NYADIFF 2017". African Diaspora Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  24. ^ "African Diaspora Film Festival Returns to D.C." The Washington Informer. 2017-10-05. Archived from the original on 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  25. ^ Barb Brouwer (2017-08-16). "Mellow music with a message". Salmon Arm Observer. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  26. ^ Peter Fish. "Livingston Taylor - Life Is Good". Indiegogo. Archived from the original on 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  27. ^ "Winners May 2014". Accolade Global Film Competition. Archived from the original on 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
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  29. ^ "2014 Winners". scarletwatersshowcase.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 2014-11-22. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  30. ^ "SENE 2015 Audience Awards". SENE Film, Art and Music Festival. Archived from the original on 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  31. ^ "Awards Gala Ceremony at 49th WorldFest Houston". WorldFest Houston Award blog. 2016-04-19. Archived from the original on 2016-06-19. Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
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  34. ^ "2017 BNFF Award Winners". Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 

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