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After studying film at Columbia and with a law degree from Loyola University of Chicago Law School, Anita Modak-Truran founded the predecessor company to Questidore in 1996. She is the company’s president and chief creative officer. Mark Modak-Truran, who holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a Ph.D. from University of Chicago, is the company’s vice president and treasurer.
Anita’s early film works Pandora’s Box and When the Fish Flew were described by the lead Chicago Tribune film critic “as in the same league as the early efforts of Spike Lee and Todd Solondz.” Encouraged by critics and successful screenings at film festivals, Anita works on select projects while maintaining a full time law practice.
“Law and filmmaking are symbiotic,” says Anita. “They require the same degree of planning, creativity, dedication, passion and risk-taking. It’s about leaping off the cliff of familiarity into a creative abyss where anything is possible.”
Anita has written, directed and produced narrative films, documentaries, music videos and corporate media projects on behalf of artists to music publishers to Fortune 500 entities. She has developed a unique sub-specialty for her legal clients, incorporating narrative filmmaking in complex litigation. She has worked throughout the United States, Chile, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. Anita has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Arts Commission and other organizations, as well as a Golden Cine and other film awards.
Besides law and filmmaking, Anita mentors aspiring filmmakers, co-founded the Crossroads Film Society, which sponsors the Crossroads Film Festival, and provides a local voice to cinema. Anita is the movie critic for WAPT-TV, the ABC-affiliate in the metro Jackson area, and Mississippi Public Broadcasting. She has written over 400 articles on film and other topics published in national, regional and local publications.