Anna (2018)

November 1815. An enslaved woman named Anna is sold away from her family in Maryland to slave traders, taken to Washington, D.C., and locked in a tavern garret. She is about to be sent to Georgia and separated from her husband and children. Desperate and trapped, she makes a decision that changes everything.

Based on true events, Anna is the story of one woman's quest for freedom and family.



  • Margarette Joyner
  • Foree Shalom
  • Rosario Hadley
    Young Anna
  • Kwakiutl Dreher


  • Khris Royal
  • Lance Warren, Field Studio
    Sound Design
  • Hannah Ayers, Field Studio
    Lance Warren, Field Studio
    Live Action Filming
  • Katherine Rodriguez Hernandez
    Nichole Rudolph
    Costume Design
  • Kalari Flotree
    Material Culture Research
  • Claire Nicholas
    Wendy Weiss
    Material Culture Consultation
  • Kaci Nash
    Historical Research and Website Development


  • Michael Burton
    Co-Producer, Co-Director, Animator, Post Production
  • Kwakiutl L. Dreher
    Co-Producer, Co-Director, Screenwriter
  • William G. Thomas III
    Co-Producer, Story


  • Rachel Seropian
    Sarah Thomas
    Post Production
  • Alejandro Benavante
    Imani Brown
    Brian Andrew Coate
    Kasey Ma
    Ryan Niemeyer
    Thalia Rodgers
    Skyler Simpson
    Madison Svendgard
    Sarah Thomas
    Rotoscope Animators
  • Brian Andrew Coate
    Background Paintings
  • Alejandro Benavante
    Sarah Thomas
    Motion Tracking
  • Rachel Seropian
    Motion Graphics
  • David Muessig
    Glidecam Operator

Funding and Support

Funding Provided By

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Office of Research & Economic Development

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Support

  • Department of History
  • Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Sciences
  • Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

Hatchfund Contributors

  • David Bogus
  • Margaret Bohls
  • Donald & Patricia Burton
  • Donald Burton
  • Nelda Canada
  • David Clark
  • Michelle Day
  • Anita Ducey
  • Mary Eisenhart
  • Jennifer Ghormley
  • Bill Graham
  • Crystal Herndon
  • Lily Hershey
  • John Ison
  • Michael F. James
  • Anneice Jones
  • Rita Kean
  • Margaret Konkel
  • Shelley Kuhn
  • Vincient Martin
  • Renee Matos
  • Yvonne Mebane
  • Trevor Muñoz
  • Erika Navarrete
  • Emily Newman
  • Charles O'Connor
  • Stacy & Walker Pickering
  • Miriam Posner
  • Zelice Brown Roache
  • Paul & Mary Ruehrmund
  • Rosanne & Steven Samuelson
  • Joseph Scheinfeldt
  • Coralee Scritsmier
  • Heather Thomas
  • Ramesh Venkataswami
  • Marissa Vigneault
  • Laurie Vigneault
  • Lisa Warren
  • Elaine Westbrooks
  • Victoria White
  • Karen Williams
Laurels for The Atlantic Selects Laurels for 2018 New Media Film Festival Best Animation Laurels for Official Selection, Hampton University Film Festival 2018 Laurels for Official Selection, Hip Hop Film Festival 2018 Laurels for Official Selection, 2018 Bronze Lens Film Festival of Atlanta Laurels for Official Selection, Utopia Film Festival 2018 Laurels for Official Selection, Virginia Film Festival 2018