Two-time Teacher of the Year Nominee Annie Small is an educator-turned-film producer based in New York City. Annie is co-founder and producer From The Woods, a Brooklyn film production company producing original content. Projects Annie’s produced have played at the Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, IDFA, Berlinale, SXSW, AFI Docs, Camden International Film Festival and more. Annie most recently produced the Oscar qualifying documentary short, Dulce, which was released by New York Times OpDocs in 2018.

Annie is best known for her work as a Producer of Distribution and Marketing and raising nearly $1.6 million in crowdfunding for dozens of film projects. As a producer, she’s passionate about connecting films to targeted audiences while raising challenging questions that expand our collective understanding. She is co-founder of OUTsider Festival, Austin’s queer multi-arts festival and academic conference, and a member of New Day Films, the longest running distribution cooperative for independent documentary filmmakers. 

Films by Annie Small

Vultures of Tibet

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.