Andi Reiss is a London and Oxford based film and video producer, director, writer, editor, visual journalist, documentary campaigner, media artist and part-time lecturer. He is an award winning documentary maker and also an award winning ‘mistake maker’, which over twenty years has offered opportunity to realise that mistakes are a big part of thinking different. As audiovisual expression, independent cinema and television is not just a phrase, but also a moral.
With the experience to oversee a project from conception (script-drafting and development, through to financing, production, completion and delivery), Andi has forged many long-term connections in advertising, graphic design, filmmaking, photography, art, installation, exhibition, publishing, theatre production and more. His work has always attempted to demonstrate the power and significance of storytelling with investigative journalism in uncovering stories of peoples who have been ignored by the mainstream media or left otherwise without voice, and often with a political aspect, it incorporates a range of artistic disciplines, uniting them within a social and cultural context.
His film include Cargo (2004), Homecoming (2010), Postively False – Birth of a Heresy (2011), Positive Hell (2014), Sacrificial Virgins (2017) and Endgame – Assisted Dying and UK legislation (2018). His commercial work includes spots for Ford, Google, Pro-Drive, Visit London, Barnado’s, Save The Children and Fair Trade.
Described as being able to strike the ethnographic balance between getting involved with his topics, whilst ensuring he keeps enough distance to guarantee his neutrality and independence, he is a consumate self-shooting producer/director and editor, often working with a very small team. However, he has the rare combination of storytelling, photography and people skills that, hopefully makes his work as interesting as it might be challenging, placing a fresh focus on everyday subjects. With resources for all types of creative people, he is keen to hear from those who may benefit from this experience,
Outside of professional activities, his interests include trampolining, bubblewrap, Avril Lavigne’s underrated later work and knitwear.
Having studied at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the National Film and TV school, during his formative years, Andi built a strong foundation writing, producing and directing several diversified short films and commercials. He is currently doing an MA in 21st Media at Coventry University, and in his spare time does a bit of writing, illustrating and cartooning. He also enjoys being an associate lecturer, teaching fresh and passionate undergraduate talent at Bucks New University. He served on the Committee of the Directors Guild between 2004 and 2010, and is a Trustee for the mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind.