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Annabelle Attanasio is a writer and director based in Brooklyn.

Her first feature, MICKEY AND THE BEAR, had a critically acclaimed premiere at SXSW where it was described as “a sharp, affecting film that's brimming with darkness and hope, every instant of it vividly alive,” by The Hollywood Reporter and named one of Variety’s Best Movies of SXSW. It went on to make its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as a part of the Acid Official Selection and later played in competition at the Deauville American Film Festival, where it was distinguished by The New York Times as one of the standout films directed by a female filmmaker. It has won several awards, including the Grand Jury Award at IFFBoston and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Nantucket Film Festival. The film will be released theatrically by Utopia in November. Her most recent short, SAFE SPACE, made its world premiere at Palm Springs in June 2019. Her first short, FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING, played over 30 festivals and won awards including Best Female Protagonist at NFFTY. As an actress, she is best known for her roles on Bull as Cable McCrory and The Knick as Dorothy Walcott. She is an alum of NYU Gallatin and brings an interdisciplinary approach to her films. She is inspired by stories that explore the way women deal with patriarchal systems, especially when told with levity and humor.