• Tal Anderson

Cape Coral actress balances career, school and Asperger's in festival short

Ashley Collins,; 239-213-6029Published 3:26 p.m. ET Oct. 25, 2017 | Updated 5:57 p.m. ET Oct. 25, 2017

Fort Myers filmmaker Rozzi Newman Osterman captures a raw moment in Talia's life for the documentary "Talia."

Anderson caught the acting bug at age 15 when her adopted mom, Vickie, got her an acting coach. "She didn't speak a lot before," Vickie said. When Anderson joined cheerleading she began opening up, but acting took it to another level, Vickie added.

"I knew that soon she was going to be an adult and go into the world, so we were looking for a way to work on that." And acting turned out to be her thing.

Anderson started going to auditions and landing starring or extra roles. She has her own IMDb page with a filmography that includes "Every Day my Dad Dies" and "Let's Kick It."

"Talia" was shot in Cape Coral on and off for six months last year. "During the filming process, all of us were learning what acting was for Talia," said Newman Osterman, who shot the documentary solo. "It started as a way for her to be comfortable and a passion of hers. When

she's acting, she loses a lot of her spectrum characteristics. She focuses, she thinks clearly."

In order to tell the story right, the filmmaker worked with an Israeli editor and the film's composer Eric Dochinger, a cellist with the Naples Philharmonic. After watching the documentary for the first time, Anderson said, "It was kind of amazing to see." Vickie added, "I think, 'Wow, who's that person?' Between last fall and now she's changed so much because she's more independent. She's driving herself to and from school every day and driving to locations to shoot films." Anderson has two brothers, both adopted, one of which has a more

serious form of Asperger's. She shares an apartment with her eldest brother not far from Full Sail University, where she'll graduate from next summer with a degree in film


Despite her busy collegiate schedule, she still finds time for acting. She plays a role in a variety show shot in Orlando that airs on the Dish network. "I'm an actor, but I want to be an editor or a voice actor," she said about her dream career. She hopes to move to LA after graduation.

Talia official movie poster :: Art by: Victoria Anderson; Dir. Rozzi Newman Osterman

While the Anderson's won't be able to attend the local film festival, Rozzi Newman Osterman doesn't plan on missing her film's premiere. It's her first time in a festival.

The filmmaker is mostly curious to see how the audience reacts. She's held private screenings in the past.

"The film has triggered a lot of conversation. I didn't recognize how much it would impact those not in the autism spectrum," she said. Even audience members who suffered from shyness could relate to Anderson's social struggles. "There are funny moments in the film. Sometimes people feel awkward laughing, but she says some funny things... and you're laughing with her."

NIFF — Florida Films Showcase

What: "Talia" and Miami drama "Wastecase."

When: 4 p.m., Oct. 27, 2017

Where: Silverspot Cinema in Mercato, 9118 Strada Place

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