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Annette Haywood-Carter began her directing career with the film, THE FOOT SHOOTING PARTY, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. A 30-minute narrative, the film was financed by the Jeffrey Katzenberg discretionary fund, set up at Touchstone Pictures. PREMIERE magazine featured Annette in an article on new talent, and the film screened to a standing-room-only crowd at Sony Studios.
Prior to directing, Annette worked as a script supervisor on two dozen feature films, garnering the respect of Academy Award winning producers and directors. Steven Spielberg, Bruce Cohen, Bruce Beresford and Saul Zaentz took a personal interest in her career and helped her make the transition into directing.
Spielberg saw THE FOOT SHOOTING PARTY and offered her Amblin's SEAQUEST to direct. Roy Scheider requested Annette return for another episode. Word spread and she was offered a feature film, FOXFIRE, where she proved her keen eye in casting, plucking Angelina Jolie out of auditions for a minor role and offering her the lead. (Many credit FOXFIRE as the film that launched Jolie's career, as her performance in FOXFIRE caught the attention of the industry and led to her casting in "Gia.").
Annette pitched an original story, LOVE IS STRANGE, to Rysher Entertainment and was hired to write and direct the feature film. Rysher shuttered its feature film division and Lifetime purchased the project, with Annette attached to direct. Annette went on to direct THE HUNTRESS, starring Annette O'Toole, for U.S.A. Network.
Annette's writing credits include numerous spec scripts, for-hire originals and script-doctoring assignments, including a network mini-series (CBS), a book adaptation (Disney), originals based on producer concepts and rewrites of cable and network feature length screenplays green-lit for production (uncredited per WGA).
Annette took a break from Hollywood while her children were young and taught directing and screenwriting at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She returned to the industry with the independent film, SAVANNAH, starring Jim Caviezel, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Shepard, Jaimie Alexander and Bradley Whitford. As a producer on SAVANNAH, Annette was the sole producer to see the film through post production and distribution. She set SAVANNAH up with Ketchup Entertainment and opened the film on 23 screens in a dozen markets. Primarily a marketing tool, the theatrical release led to a successful VOD/DVD/Cable TV run, both domestic and foreign. Three years later, SAVANNAH continues to have a strong Netflix following.
In 2012 Annette relocated to New York City and founded the company, 22 WHITESTONE. She recently returned to the Los Angeles area where she has numerous television and feature films in development. She is represented by attorneys, Frank Stewart, in Beverly Hills, CA and Jackie Eckhouse, of Sloss Eckhouse LawCo in New York City.
View scenes from films directed by Annette Haywood-Carter at https://vimeo.com/album/4222443