Investigating independent new ways of understanding the creative and business worlds of documentary film, tv & new technologies, media consultancy, art and design, and how each of their trajectories is driven by political, ethical, and narrative factors.
Andi Reiss is a British media creative based in Oxford, UK and Palm Springs, USA. He is an independent working in a variety of media including ethnography, documentary film, video projection, sound design, graphics, photography, painting and drawing to bring stories to light.
He is a Producer, an attractively vague job title which has allowed him to work as a Filmmaker (self-shooting documentary producer/director), a Photographer, Writer(research, documentary and drama), Editor(offline using Adobe CS, Final Cut, DaVinci Resolve 17 Studio), Educator/Associate Lecturer, teaching students to study specific filmmaking tracks and to deepen their practice in filmmaking. and a Visualist (painter,caricaturist,fashion artist and digital-designer).
He has a particular interest in portraying underrepresented and (to some extent) marginalised and ‘out of the ordinary’ subcultures, and their stories within. He has worked extensively around the world within the charity sector, offering his skills and experience to implement change and understanding. His preference for an alternative narrative from the popularised one aims to change the message to creatively tell stories from different angles.
Skilled as an independent multidisciplinary creative; a documentary maker, producer and film and video artist, Andi creates content that aims to influence audiences educationally, politically, artistically and spiritually.
In addition, as a director/producer, he regularly teaches and gives workshops on documentary research, storytelling and production. He is an associate lecturer at Bucks New University and Film Oxford.
Andi has a real passion for film and art, and maintains an open-minded and flexible approach to the collaborative creative vision (whether it be for experimental, immersive documentary, factual television, short or feature drama or corporate and branded content)
His documentaries have screened at many international events including Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, New York IFF, Telluride Film Festival, Taormina Film Festival and Queens World Film Festival.
Andi divides his time working between his studio in Oxford (UK) and in New York (US), and has permanent resident status; a Green Card which allows legal employment stateside.
Sept 1981 – July1986 : John Hampden Grammar School
Sept 1986 – July1989 : Amersham College of FE, Art and Design
Sept 1989 – July1992 : Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Sept 2017 – July 2018 : University of Coventry : Masters with Distinction in 21st Century Media Practice
August 1992 – December 1995: Producer at Natural Sound, London
Jan 1996 – Dec 1996: Director at The Court Theatre, New Zealand.
Jan 1997 – April 1999: Freelance Filmmaker and Video Artist, London.
May 1999 – June 1999: Multimedia Producer, Hong Kong
July1999 – April 2012: Formed Yellow Media Group, and with a small team based Soho began producing award winning documentaries, video journalism and reportage, commercials and branded content and short drama.
During this time he travelled extensively around the world, including in conflict zones and many third world countries making documentaries, reportage and audio/visual events.
In 2008 he was commissioned to write 12 feature drama scrips, whilst beginning to work as an associate lecturing at University.
May 2012 – August 2012: Creative Director for Resolution Productions in Doha, Qatar.
Sept 2012 – Dec 2012: Creative Director for Fashion One in Cebu in The Philippines.
Jan 2013 – Present: Continues to work as a freelance/self employed writer, filmmaker, multimedia video artist, graphic designer, camera operator, sound designer, painter, cartoonist, and associate lecturer. He also has a documentary consulation business where I advise and produce indie projects.
Interests and Involvements
Judge at The Queens World Film Festival, New York City
Trustee of ScreenTalk Oxfordshire
Trustee of Oxfordshire Mind
2004 – 2010 – served on Committee of The Directors Guild