Annette began her directing career with "The Foot Shooting Party," starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film was financed by a fund set up at Touchstone Pictures by Jeffrey Katzenberg for discovering new talent. Premiere Magazine featured Annette in an article and the film screened to a standing-room-only audience at Sony's Cary Grant Theater.
Prior to directing, Annette spent a decade as a script supervisor garnering the respect of Academy Award winning producers and directors. Steven Spielberg, Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbook), Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) and Saul Zaentz (The English Patient) took a personal interest in her career.
Spielberg saw "The Foot Shooting Party" and offered her an episode of "SeaQuest" to direct. Roy Scheider requested she return immediately to direct another. Word spread and Annette was hired to direct "Foxfire" where she proved her keen eye for casting, plucking Angelina Jolie from auditions for a minor role and offering her the lead. Many credit "Foxfire" as the film that launched Jolie’s career.
Annette went on to direct an original screenplay, "Love is Strange" for Lifetime Television. Cast with Tony award winning actors, the movie won a rave review from Hollywood Reporter.