Raised in Paris and based in New York, Ani is a feature film, documentary and commercial director. She made her directorial debut with the critically acclaimed film Days of Gray, a feature-length silent film shot in Iceland. The film played at top festivals around the world with an original live score by orchestral pop band Hjaltalin. She has directed award-winning campaigns for Colgate, Smirnoff, Intel, Glamour, The New Yorker and Vice.
In 2011, she co-founded her production company Bicephaly Pictures with cinematographer Cailin Yatsko. Their series #AskAMuslimGirl for Teen Vogue was a 2017 Webby Award winner. She’s currently in pre-production on her second feature The Short History of the Long Road. It received the Dernsie Award for Best Screenplay at the inaugural Bentonville Film Festival presented by Bruce Dern and Geena Davis.
She’s an alum of Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab, IFP’s Emerging Storytellers at Film Week, the Cine Qua Non Screenwriter’s Lab, Chanel Through Her Lens and Tribeca All Access. Ani received her BA from NYU in African Studies, Film and Photography.www.anisimonkennedy.com
It is a world without language. A world where one is raised to respect the rules. Only one Boy (Davíð Laufdal Arnarsson) questions the verity of what he has been taught, and he must decide whether to continue living in a society of fear or choose his own destiny.
Shot in Iceland, Days of Gray is a silent film from first-time director Ani Simon-Kennedy with an original musical score by Hjaltalin, a seven-piece orchestral Icelandic band. The film has been screened as a special ciné-concert with Hjaltalin performing the score live at film festivals worldwide.