Short Film: JACK AND ANNA, by Ksenia Ivanova, Savannah Oakes

7814bb7fea posterJack and Anna is a story inspired by true events that happened in 1913 in Colorado and it’s a love story about two females, Helen Hilsher and Anna Slifka. Helen was originally from Denver, she was from a poor family, but she wanted to improve her life. The best option that she could think of was to move and become “Jack Hill”. In the small town called Meeker, in Colorado, “Jack” worked as a bartender when he met Anna, it was a moment that changed their lives forever as they truly fell in love. “Jack” opened his heart to Anna and they got married but one-day Helen was recognized and immediately arrested. Helen was taken to jail, then she was kept under house arrest for over a year of the trial.
The story in our film begins from the moment when “Jack” and Anna decide to leave their home, because “Jack” was recognized and it was very dangerous. The storyline is filled with flashbacks and short moments that show the relationship between Anna and Jack. The screenplay ends at the most tragic moment when “Jack” has been arrested and they see each other for the last time in their lives.

Writer Biography – Ksenia Ivanova, Savannah Oakes

Ksenia was born in Leningrad (now Saint-Petersburg). She studied Cultural Studies at Saint-Petersburg State University and studied Film and TV production at All-Russia State University of Cinematography (VGIK). During her studies at film school in Moscow, she worked on different TV shows, animation short series and documentaries as an assistant to producer and director. After her graduation she produced three independent films. In the spring of 2016, she was admitted to several MFA film programs in the United States. She decided on Columbia College in Chicago because she was awarded full tuition and a graduate assistantship. Since August of 2016, she has made four student films and she has been working as a teaching assistant.

Savannah Oakes, is a screenwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Savannah writes exclusively about women–usually women of color. Her stories focus on female sexuality, LGBTQ issues and mental illness. She is most familiar with short (Seven Times and Womb) and feature length (Nice Try and Pretty Girl) writing but has recently jumped to episodic with her miniseries The Fault of the Father following the troubled life of Anna Freud. Savannah loves to write in many different genres but is a sucker for dramas, psychological thrillers and dark comedies.