Biography of Ally Acker
A New York filmmaker and writer, Ally Acker has worked in the roles of director, producer and writer for network, cable and local television, as well as in film and in radio. Her book, 'Reel Women: Pioneers of the in Universities, and the first to reveal the transformational role that women have played in every craft behind the scenes in film since 1896. In 2011, Acker wrote an expanded, updated and perennial 2-Volume version, 'Reel Women: The First Hundred Years, ' with a foreword by Jeanine Basinger.
Acker began her television career at NBC, and became its first editor at the New York bureau to cross over as ‘talent, ’ joining the ranks as a Field producer/Writer for 'The Today Show.' Many more commercial writing, directing, and producing credits ensued, including: Good Morning America, LifeTime, The Disney Channel and National Geographic’s 'Explorer.' Ms. Acker was the first recipient of the Los Angeles Women In Film/Annenberg Scholarship for excellence in screenwriting. The grant paid for her tuition at Columbia University, where she completed an MFA in film.
Acker's screenplay, 'The Mathematical Mermaid' won a Laurel Entertainment Prize, and was a finalist for a Nicholls Fellowship given by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. Independently, Ally Acker has directed, produced and written a number of films including 'Silver Apples of the Moon, ' which won a Student Academy Award. In 2010, Acker directed and produced, “The Flowering of the Crone: Leonora Carrington, Another Reality, ” the first and still the only full length documentary produced in America about the life and work of the legendary Surrealist artist.
Acker’s ten part educational documentary series - 'Filmmakers on Film' was optioned by EnterActive Entertainment and made into an interactive CD-ROM ('Reel Women: The Untold Story') hosted by Jodie Foster. Both 'Filmmakers on Film, ' and the CD-ROM feature many contemporary pioneering female filmmakers who have transformed motion pictures. The first installment in the Filmmakers series premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Acker’s poems have appeared widely in, 'The American Voice, ' 'The Antioch Review, ' 'Ms Magazine, ' 'Ploughshares, ' 'Poetry Kanto' (Japan) , 'Sojourner, ' 'The Southwest Review, ' and 'The Sun, ' among other publications.
Ally Acker has three books of poems, 'SURVIVING DESIRE, ' 'WAITING FOR THE BELOVED, ' and 'SOME HELP FROM THE DEAD, ' (the last two published by RED HEN PRESS, CA.)
Ally Acker's Works:
REEL WOMEN: PIONEERS OF THE CINEMA,1896 TO THE PESENT (Continuum, NY,1990)
SURVIVING DESIRE (Garden St. Press, CA.,1994)
WAITING FOR THE BELOVED (Red Hen Press, CA.,1999)
SOME HELP FROM THE DEAD (Red Hen Press, CA.,2011)
REEL WOMEN, THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS (Reel Women Media Pubications, NY,2012)