Anne Lewis

Anne Lewis is an independent documentary maker associated with Appalshop.  Her work reveals working class people fighting for social change and celebrates Appalachian culture.  Anne was associate director/assistant camera for "Harlan County, U.S.A.," the Academy Award-winning documentary.  After the strike, she moved to the eastern Kentucky coalfields where she lived for 25 years.  

Documentaries she produced, directed, and edited include:  To Save the Land and People (SXSW, Texas Documentary Tour); Justice in the Coalfields (INTERCOM gold plaque); On Our Own Land (duPont-Columbia award for independent broadcast journalism); Chemical Valley co-directed with Mimi Pickering (POV, American Film and Video Festival Blue Ribbon); and Fast Food Women (POV and Judges’ Choice, London Film Festival).

Other recognized work includes:  Evelyn Williams (Juror’s Choice, Black Maria Film Festival, Margaret Meade Festival); Belinda (CINE Golden Eagle); and Minnie Black's Gourd Band (Retirement Research Foundation Silver Owl Award, Museum of Modern Art screening).

Her latest film, Morristown: in the air and sun was shown at the Library of Congress and has toured 16 cities in Mexico with the AMBULANTE festival.  Anne is a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin and has a number of projects in production including Anne Braden: Southern Patriot with co-director Mimi Pickering about the organizer, agitator, journalist, socialist, feminist, mentor and most dedicated fighter against white privilege and political repression; A Tender Promise: Education Story about public school education of Latino, black, and working class school children at ages 10 and 16; Enough! about Texas labor history; and as associate producer/editor, with director Laura Varela, raulrsalinas and the Poetry of Liberation.