P.O.V. No.27 - Bullet in the Brain: Data on the film and the director


Based on the short story by Tobias Wolff, "Bullet in the Brain," first published in The New Yorker on September 25, 1995.

David Von Ancken
(USA, 2001), 14 min.

Principal crew
Director and writer: David Von Ancken
Director of photography: Peter Konczal
Non-memory/street cinematography: James Fideler
Film editors: Brian Fassett, Bill Gerstenmaier
Produced by CJ Follini
Line producer Mark Shuman
Production designer Ryan Cooper

Principal cast
Anders: Tom Noonan
Bank robber: Dean Winters
Voice-over narration: George Plimpton
Woman on line: Cecelia Antoinette

Awards and distinctions include:
Nashville Independent Film Festival - Best Short
Seattle One Reel Film Festival - Best Live Action Short
Stony Brook Film Festival - Best Short
St. Louis Film Festival - Best Short
Hypnotic/Universal Million Dollar Film Festival (CA) - Winner
The Method Festival (CA) - Best Short
Deep Ellum Film Festival (TX) - Best Live Action Short
Festival of Nations (Austria) - Silver Bear Award
USA Film Festival (TX) - Special Jury Prize
San Francisco International Film Festival - Certificate of Merit
Selected by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for a special month-long
screening engagement.

Relevant links
The full text of Tobias Wolff's short story, "Bullet in the Brain."

Tobias Wolff reads from "Bullet in the Brain."

T. Coraghessan Boyle reads Tobias Wolff's short story "Bullet in the Brain" and discusses Wolff with The New Yorker's fiction editor, Deborah Treisma.

David Von Ancken's short film, "Bullet in the Brain."

David Von Ancken
David Von Ancken has been directing film and television for twelve years. In 1997 his first short Box Suite won awards at three film festivals including the International Surrealist Film Festival. In 2000 he made Bullet in the Brain which was screened at twenty festivals and won best short film in five of them. Over the last seven years he has directed over twenty-five one hour dramas for network and cable TV in the U.S. These shows include: Oz, The Shield, Without a Trace, Cold Case, Californication, CSI:NY, Gossip Girl and Saving Grace among others. In 2005-6 he wrote and directed a western called Seraphim Falls which starred Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan. He is currently developing two feature films and a television series.

Filmography (as director)
Box Suite, 1997
Bullet in the Brain, 2001
Seraphim Falls, 2006
The Equalizer, 2009
plus numerous episodes of TV series listed above.

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