ANNA M. ELIAS (aka Anna Mewbourne)
After earning her Production Degree from the University of Florida, Anna started her career as Don Johnson’s assistant on Miami Vice. She later worked as a Location Manager and/or Asst. Manager on the TV series In the Heat of the Night and such feature films as Sommersby (Richard Gere, Jodie Foster), Nell (Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson), The Rainmaker (Matt Damon), My Dog Skip (Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane), 12 Monkeys (Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe), A Time to Kill (Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey), Practical Magic (Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman), and The Client (Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones).
She has written many spec screenplays and teleplays, including Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has co-written and doctored independent films, and written and produced award-winning short films like Hereditary Misfortune that won the Jury Prize at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.
Anna and producer husband Scott Elias founded a unique production company called Random Acts Entertainment (RAE). This “Charitable Film Company” melds together Anna’s strengths of storytelling, charity and social justice interests. It is designed to produce entertaining, profitable, and socially relevant films that also generate revenue streams for good causes.
RAE’s first project is an optioned non-fiction book (Bones of the Master by George Crane – Random House), which Anna is adapting, writing, and developing with actor Richard Gere.
Anna has written and directed several short plays as well as written several essays and short stories, some of which won Runner Up and Honorable Mention in various competitions. She has written a number of picture books and is now completing the first novel in her paranormal thriller trilogy.
Anna and her husband also own a music label called Random Act Records that provides “Great Music for Greater Good.” Random Act not only releases chart topping established and aspiring jazz artists on the international stage, it also donates a percentage of profits from each CD to charity.
Anna’s desire for fairness and justice is also at the heart of her writing. Her works are varied and entertaining, but always have a seed of social relevance inside.