Five AFF Alums…
1. Vanessa Crocini, GET TOGETHER GIRLS
Vanessa Crocini’s GET TOGETHER GIRLS was warmly received at the 1st annual Annapolis Film Festival in 2013. The Italian filmmaker is currently in production on her second feature-length documentary entitled STREET POETS – SAVING LIVES ONE RHYME AT A TIME, profiling writer Chris Henrikson and his work mentoring young poets at a juvenile detention center.
2. Barbara Kopple, RUNNING FROM CRAZY
Since screening the mental health documentary RUNNING FROM CRAZY at AFF 2014, documentarian Barbara Kopple hasn’t rested on her laurels for a minute. Turning her lens first on the late singer Sharon Jones and her band the Dap-Kings in 2015’s MISS SHARON JONES!, Kopple just premiered her latest work GIGI GORGEOUS: THIS IS EVERYTHING at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Following the online fashion and beauty guru Gigi Gorgeous, the film is available to view now on YouTube Red and Google Play.
3. Lance Kramer, DOING IT FOR ME/CITY OF TREES
An alumni of not one but two editions of the Annapolis Film Festival, Lance Kramer attended AFF in 2014 with DOING IT FOR ME, then again with 2016’s widely celebrated CITY OF TREES. His production company Meridian Hill Pictures is launching a nationwide tour of the film, and has assembled packages of curriculum and community outreach resources to accompany the screening tour. For more information or to request a screening kit, visit the film’s website.
4. Desiree Akhavan, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
Desiree Akhavan’s coming-of-age comedy APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR was the toast of AFF 2015. Since then, she’s appeared in a recurring guest spot on GIRLS, had the British comedy network Channel 4 commission her sitcom THE BISEXUAL, and is currently writing, producing, and directing THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST.
5. Ravi Patel, MEET THE PATELS
From the AFF Class of 2015, Ravi Patel has gone on to great things in both his acting and directing career. He guest-starred on Aziz Ansari’s series MASTER OF NONE, and, along with his co-director sister Geeta Patel, is under contract with Fox Searchlight to remake MEET THE PATELS into a narrative comedy.