Description of Work
Anna co-directed, co-produced, co-wrote, and co-edited “Unorthodox”, a feature documentary set to debut in early 2013. The film tells her story--of leaving the Modern Orthodox community--as well as those of three teenagers from the community who struggle with questions of faith and identity. The film has been awarded eight grants and will be premiering in early 2013.
Anna Wexler is a freelance writer (specializing in science and travel) and documentary filmmaker currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated from MIT in 2007, with two Bachelors’ of Science degrees, one in Brain and Cognitive Science and the other in Humanities and Science with a focus in Writing. She is currently pursuing her PhD at MIT in Department of Science, Technology, and Society (STS), where she is studying the social, ethical, and legal implications of brain machine interfaces. Anna co-directed, co-produced, co-edited, and co-wrote 'Unorthodox', a feature-length documentary film that follows three rebellious Orthodox Jewish high school teenagers through a transformative post-high school year in Israel. She was selected as a 2007-2008 filmmaker-in-residence at WGBH to work on the film, which has received nine grants and is expected to premiere in early 2013. Anna’s writing and accompanying photography have been published in magazines (Maxim, 18, Overnight Buses, Glimpse, Budget Travel, Mir Afishu), books (Best Travel Writing, Vol. 9, Best Women's Travel Writing 2011, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure, A Stingray Bit My Nipple: True Stories from Real Travelers) and online (Unpious, WGBH Lab, hotels.vc, Glimpse Online). She is an avid adventure traveler, with past trips including a motorcycle tour of remote Northern Vietnam, a solo bicycle journey across Mexico, volcano boarding in Nicaragua and seal hunting with the Inuit in Greenland.