Haley Elizabeth AndersonNew York, NY Award Year: 2022
Haley Elizabeth Anderson is a filmmaker, writer, and photo-based visual artist. With roots across the American South and Gulf Coast, her work revolves around race and familial mythology, and the ever-growing class divide through mundane but significant moments of human vulnerability and intimacy. Anderson wrote and directed Pillars, which debuted at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Her documentary If There Is Light was released on Hulu, which originally debuted at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, as part of the Queen Collective program aimed at accelerating gender and racial equality behind the camera. If There Is Light was one of two short films selected for Tribeca’s Queen Collective showcase, giving exposure to work created by diverse young women and inspiring positive social change. Most recently, Anderson directed a film for Hennessy and Droga5’s provocative and compelling “Unfinished Business” initiative, released to accompany the brand’s new program that pledged $3 million for small businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.