Spring Showcase Director #2: Leah Anova


Leah's Headshot

Our second director for the Spring Showcase is Leah Anova, a cinematographer extraordinaire who came to us as she was looking to expand into directing. Leah is the epitome of a professional, an enthusiastic creator who’s been a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow and who’s earned a spot in the American Society of Cinematographers’ Master Class Workshop. When she emailed us, she said she was interested in stories that revealed the ugliness of life but reaffirmed hope does exist. Her email sign-off read, “Let’s do it!” Obviously, we wrote within 40 minutes and paired her up with Anastasia Kousakis’ script for “The Day After the Day After You Were Born,” which has turned out to be a perfect match. This performance is going to be GORGEOUS.

1. What are the top 3 movies/plays that have inspired you?

Three Colors:Blue by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Raise the Red Lantern by Yimou Zhang
Chungking Express by Kai Wai Wong
2. Did you go to film school? What led you to being a director?
Yes, I attend the American Film Institute and completed an MFA in cinematography. Directing is something I’ve always wanted to explore. The opportunity presented itself. I jumped!
3. Why do you personally want to collaborate with other women through One Axe?
There’s nothing more powerful than the creative force of women. We speak with grace! [Editor’s note: …well…at least Leah speaks with grace. The rest of us…]
4. “Where are you going, where have you been?”
I’m a Cinematographer by profession. Currently, I exist within the Indie World and hope to move into mainstream features. I want to shoot the next Avengers. It’s time for a GURL to do so!