Director BIO: Anna Hozian (THE POOL)

Anna Maria Hozian was one of twelve women chosen for the inaugural year of the New York Women in Film and Television’s The Writers Lab funded by Meryl Streep. In addition to winning or placing in some of the most prestigious screenwriting awards (The Black List Lab, the Nicholl, the Page, Austin Film Festival, Samuel Goldwyn Awards), Anna continues to develop projects with independent producers and small production companies including her most recent adaptation of the novel, The Kindness of Strangers, for Wry Mash Media. Her web series, Other People’s Children, has traveled the world in festivals and can currently be found on SEEKA TV and BoredTeachers.com. She recently finished writing a television pilot entitled, The Ward, and is attached to direct the feature film, The Inevitable Recovery of W.B. Yeats.

Director Statement

Films emerge from a compilation of emotionally-driven moments. For me, “The Pool” is a result of a skewed conversation between my mother and a well-meaning teacher, a three-decades later altercation on a school bus, and a poor choice of my own as a mom.

Many of my stories have females at their centers and are often about two communities that do not see eye-to-eye. Sometimes, these communities find ways to bridge their differences; sometimes there are tragedies in the midst of the films, leaving the characters disconnected; others, have new unexpected pathways emerge, creating a new community altogether. I believe we as human beings must find our ways to connect with one another in order to survive, and my stories like “The Pool” are about this survival.

Additionally, the parent-child relationship drives much of my work, as I believe this fundamental relationship is often the most complicated in our lives – both for the child as well as the parent. These relationships are visceral, filled with conflict, forgiveness, resentment, pain and love – nothing better from which to derive stories.

My hopes with “The Pool” are twofold. First, that an audience will walk away knowing that simply wishing for something will not make it materialize, no matter how much we try to force it — and if our wish does materialize, it may not look the way we had hoped. However, it can still be glorious, and possibly even better than we had originally envisioned, if we stay open to it. And, secondly, to form real connections, we must be honestly and authentically who we are. This is the only way to find the people who truly fit into our lives.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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