Anna Boden has made three feature films in collaboration with her filmmaking partner Ryan Fleck. Their first feature, Half Nelson, which Anna co-wrote and produced, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. Half Nelson lead actors Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps both earned Independent Spirit Awards for their portrayals, and Ryan Gosling also received Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations. Half Nelson was honored with Gotham Awards for Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor (for Shareeka Epps), and Best Film.
Anna went on to co-write and direct her next two features with Ryan. Sugar, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, received a Gotham Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast; an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Screenplay; and an American Film Institute (AFI) Award as one of the year’s 10 most outstanding achievements in film. Their most recent film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, based on the young adult novel by Ned Vizzini, was released by Focus Features in 2010.
Anna and Ryan have also collaborated on several documentaries, including Have You Seen This Man? (2002) and Young Rebels (2005); and on the short film Gowanus, Brooklyn (2004), which was a forerunner to Half Nelson.