Alana Waksman
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Alana Waksman (she/her) is an Ashkenazi writer, director, and first generation descendant of Holocaust survivors from Poland. She is an alum of the USC School of Cinematic Arts MFA in Film & Television Production, and Connecticut College BA in Theater and English.

WE BURN LIKE THIS, Alana's debut feature, stars Madeleine Coghlan (THE ROOKIE) and Devery Jacobs (RESERVATION DOGS) and is executive produced by Neda Armian (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED). The film premiered at the 2021 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, internationally at Deauville American Film Festival, and has played at 31 festivals and garnered 10 awards. The film was released in theaters and on VOD in June 2022, and internationally in 2023.

She is currently in production for her debut nonfiction short, VARIOUS WAYS TO CRY AND YELL, and in development for her sophomore fiction feature, SHE FALLS LIKE WATER, which was a semi-finalist at the 2022 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition.

  • Alana Waksman directing reel