DC Film Office Recognizes Anthony Anderson as November Filmmaker of the Month

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and Television Development is pleased to announce Anthony Anderson, award-winning filmmaker as its November 2011 Filmmaker of the Month.

Anthony Anderson is the writer, executive producer and lead character in the popular web series, ANACOSTIA. Called "wildly addictive" by Daytimeconfidential.com, ANACOSTIA is a 10 episode dramatic web series that follows the lives of the residents of Anacostia, a small residential community in Washington DC, as they navigate through love, betrayal, deception, sex and murder.

Since its debut in 2009, ANACOSTIA has developed a loyal fan following—the show has been downloaded in more than 96 Countries, won several industry awards, and has attracted veteran stars such as two-time Emmy Award winner Martha Byrne formerly of the daytime drama As The World Turns. Byrne will appear in multiple episodes of the upcoming third season, which will debut November 11, 2011. In September 2011, Anthony Anderson was awarded the African American Filmmaker of The Year by the Historical Black Press, an honor shared with Tyler Perry.

Anthony Anderson was born and raised in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC, where he expressed his love for entertainment by performing in local talent shows. He ultimately developed a love for acting and writing and not too long after graduating from high school, started his own production company, Southeast Boy Productions. He wrote and produced his first feature film project entitled The Ties That Bind shortly after establishing his production company and the first season of ANACOSTIA quickly followed.

In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Anthony Anderson serves as a document program coordinator for the Federal Aviation Administration. He is currently a resident of ward seven in the District of Columbia.

The DC Film Office launched the Filmmaker of the Month initiative to feature a District-based filmmaker who exemplifies the vast amount of talent and creativity based here in the nation’s capital. The Filmmaker of the Month initiative is part of its mission to elevate the national and international profile of the city’s most talented filmmakers. Previous filmmakers honored include Money Matters director Ryan Richmond, The West Wing producer Jonathan Zurer, Jezebel Filmworks founder Ada Babino, Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden web series creator Otessa Ghadar, People Past and Present: Hillsdale Creator Tendani Mpulubusi El, The Woodmans director of photography Neil Barrett, and Kettle of Fish writer and director Claudia Myers.

You can visit the Filmmaker of the Month section to learn more about Anthony and previous Filmmaker of the Month recipients.