Annie co-produced PJ Raval’s feature documentary Before You Know It, which follows the lives of three gay seniors as they navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years. Before You Know It World Premiered at SXSW 2013 and is the winner of multiple Audience and Jury Awards like the AGLIFF/Polari Scott Dinger Award. Annie also works alongside director Russell O. Bush as Producer for films like the award-winning documentary Vultures of Tibet shot in Tibet, China, and India. Vultures of Tibet was nominated for a 2013 IDA Award for Best Documentary Short in addition to snagging a nomination for a 2013 Student Academy Award. Annie is currently the Executive Director of OUTsider Festival, Austin's new LGBTQIA multi-arts festival and academic conference. Skilled in promotion and community engagement cinema, Annie uses her educational experience as a storyteller to forge new communication, connecting films and art to targeted audiences while raising challenging questions that expand our collective understanding.
Films by Annie Bush
Sky Burial, a private ritual where the bodies of Tibetan dead are offered to wild griffon vultures, becomes a tourist attraction in Chinese modernized Tibet. This intimate window illuminates an ideological conflict often hidden to the outside world confronting the potential for oppression in the act of observation.
The subjects of BEFORE YOU KNOW IT are no ordinary senior citizens. They are go-go booted bar-hoppers, love struck activists, troublemaking baton twirlers, late night Internet cruisers, seasoned renegades and bold adventurers. They are also among the estimated 2.4 million lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans over the age of 55 in the United States, many of whom face heightened levels of discrimination, neglect and exclusion. But BEFORE YOU KNOW IT is not a film about cold statistics and gloomy realities, it’s a film about generational trailblazers who have surmounted prejudice and defied expectation to form communities of strength, renewal and camaraderie. An affirmation of life and human resilience told with humor and candor, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT confirms that you are never too old to reshape society.