Born in Burbank, California, across the street from Disney Studios, NBC Studios and Forest Lawn Mortuary, Andy Moore grew up in a part of Los Angeles rife with film and TV production. He and a group of friends calling themselves The Tads presented several original marionette productions out of a cardboard theater in a garage. At age 12 they began producing a series of Super-8 "trick" films (which Andy later learned were remarkably similar to the 19th Century films of Georges Méliès).
In high school, Andy made his first "art" film, a structural/experimental account of the demolition of a metal mansion designed by Richard Neutra for Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich. Footage of the destruction was accompanied by a doleful, repetitive, seemingly endless loop of As Time Goes By, and his fellow tenth-graders were bored stiff. Later, at UC San Diego, after a brief flirtation with sociology Andy re-approached filmmaking in a more rigorous way, gaining inspiration from the films of Maya Deren, Michael Snow, Standish Lawder, Jon Jost, James Benning, Kenneth Anger, Pat O'Neill, Lewis Hock and many other giants of experimental/avant-garde cinema. His films became saturated with language, but later he began to rely more on gesture and suggestion rather than explicit statement. Deeply concerned with the grammar of cinema and music, his films are a blend of structural and personal concerns, and he often starts first with the soundtrack in mind.
Andy lives in San Francisco and has an audio podcast, Andy's Treasure Trove, that features interviews with filmmakers and other artists and interesting people.
View a selection of Andy Moore's works on Fandor: