Kentucky-born LA-raised Allison Anders is an award-winning screenwriter and film and TV director whose work includes Border Radio (1987), Gas Food Lodging (1992), Mi vida loca (1993), Grace of My Heart (1996) and Sugar Town (1999). She’s directed episodes of Sex and the City, Orange Is the New Black, Southland, Riverdale, Murder in the First and recently Sorry for Your Loss. She was nominated for an Emmy for Best Director for the Lifetime movie Ring of Fire (2013), wherein she cast John Doe as the Father of Country Music, AP Carter. She’s a MacArthur Fellow and won a Peabody Award for her film Things Behind the Sun (2001) and a distinguished Professor of Film at USCB. She resides in Altadena, Ca, with Mattie her adorable dog who’s a retired actress.