Annie's "i am doll parts" was chosen as one of 28 short films in competition at Visions Film Festival & Conference, now in its 10th year, run by undergrads. The films were by student filmmakers from colleges across the U.S. as well as Australia, New Zealand and Yemen.
Annie is studying film production at Emerson College in Boston, incorporating experimental media into personal narrative. Her two-minute film, composed of found footage, explores the filmmaker's childhood fear of being perceived by others.
The film conveys so much emotion in such little time, said an audience member, who asked why Annie used certain effects, especially the animated circle over her face. "I used it whenever I felt like I wasn't being perceived in the actual active film," said Annie, "in situations as a child when I didn't know I was being filmed, and then when I look in a camera it disappears. I wanted to create this disembodied feeling about myself and who I am."
Annie "picked up a lot of stuff" for the sounds in the film, including her film's introductory Jane Fonda line from 'Klute' "that always stuck with me," she explained. "The most important thing in a condensed amount of time is getting the ambiance of the sound; it really helps. If there was silence, I don't know if I would have gotten my thought across. The film hopefully resonated with people because I have others speaking for me, in a way that's very cut-to-the-chase."
"I'm honored that [the film] found new life this year!!" says Annie, who didn't win a prize, but was nominated in the experimental film category. She is currently in the pre-production stage of her Senior thesis film.
To see more of Annie's work, visit vimeo.com/anniewoj/videos