Anna Wexler is a Tel Aviv-based freelance writer and filmmaker. She graduated Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 with two Bachelors’ of Science degrees, one in Brain and Cognitive Science and the other in Humanities and Science with a focus in Writing. Since her move to Israel in late 2008, she has been writing for a number of outlets about science and travel, and she occasionally writes about food and music.
In addition to her writing work, Wexler is also a documentary filmmaker. She was selected as a 2007-2008 Filmmaker-in-residence at WGBH. Wexler, along with fellow filmmaker Nadja Oertelt, is currently directing and co-producing a feature-length documentary entitled Unorthodox that follows three rebellious Orthodox Jewish high school teenagers through a transformative post-high school year in Israel. The film has been awarded eight grants and has received interest in broadcast and distribution from Independent Lens, P.O.V., and Documentary Educational Resources.
In 2005, Wexler and Oertelt co-directed and co-produced “A Piece of Cake,” a short video about a date gone wrong. “A Piece of Cake” went on to win Cambridge University’s Cinecam 48 Hours Film Festival (2005) and the Chris Pomiecko Prize (2006). In 2007, Wexler co-produced and co-directed “Spice Cream,” which documented several MIT students extracting capsaicin from chile peppers and using it to create a new ice cream flavor. “Spice Cream” went on to win second prize in MIT’s TechTV video competition and is currently being shown to elementary school children across the United States.
For more about Wexler's writing and film work, please see http://www.annawexler.com