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Written and Directed by
Jessica Janzen Nickel
Starring
Anna Bullard
Running Time
15 Mins.

 "Love Through the Eyes of Anastasia" Review 
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Thanks largely to a natural, appealing performance from lead Anna Bullard, "Love Through the Eyes of Anastasia" is a captivating 15-minute short from writer/director Jessica Janzen Nickel.
 
The film centers on young teen Anastasia, whose overactive imagination has never lead to trouble...until now. A chance meeting with the guy next door leads to an unexpected warning from Medea (No, not Tyler Perry!) herself about the dangers of getting involved with men. How Anastasia responds is what makes "Love Through the Eyes of Anastasia" such a wonderful view.
 
Bullard wonderfully captures the spirited young girl with an overactive imagination in both her innocence and worldly ways.
 
While the film falters a bit once Anastasia has made her choice, it remains a solid effort and easily worth a view.
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