GRANT RECIPIENTS: ANN HUSAINI
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Ann Husaini grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. A natural writer, Ann developed an interest in photography in high school which eventually led her into filmmaking. After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, Ann began her career in production there on local features and TV. Transitioning into editorial, she worked as an editor with national cable channels and regional advertising agencies through post and design house Click3x. Ann also edited and post-produced director Ruth Leitmanís (Lipstick and Dynamite) feature documentary Alma, which follows the relationship between a local country singer and her mentally ill mother. Championed by documentarian Albert Maysles, the film won the Hamptons Film Festival best documentary, screened at numerous festivals in the US and Europe, and was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2000.

In 2000 Ann moved to New York and applied to Columbia University, where she received a Dean's Fellowship. While studying at Columbia, Ann has continued her editing career, working with MTV, Lifetime, AMC, Travel Channel, and co-editing the feature documentary Carnival Roots, which was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2006. Ann has directed seven short films and is currently writing a feature screenplay, Summer of Poltergeists. The End of Magic, her thesis film generously supported by the Caucus Foundation, is also the recipient of a development award from Lifetime Television.

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