Andi Reiss is a London and Oxford based independent filmmaker, paint maker and mistake maker, the latter being a big part of thinking different. As a producer, director, writer, editor, visual journalist, documentary campaigner, media artist and part-time lecturer, he is award winning for his work. 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. But there is always more to learn.
His work to date has attempted to demonstrate the power and significance of storytelling with a mix of investigative journalism, observational documentary and dramatic transition. In uncovering stories of peoples who have been ignored by the mainstream media or left otherwise without voice, and always with a political angst, it incorporates a range of artistic disciplines, uniting them within a social and cultural context.
His films 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 distance enough to guarantee a neutrality and independence, he is a consumate self-shooting producer/director and editor, and with resources for all types of creative people, he is keen to hear from those who may benefit from this experience, as long as it doesn’t impact upon his other interests ; trampolining, bubblewrap, Avril Lavigne’s underrated later work and knitwear.
Having studied drama and directing at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and briefly at 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 studying an MA in 21st Media at Coventry University. In his spare time does a bit of writing, illustrating and cartooning, and 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.