Cristhian Andrews

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Cristhian Andrews
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Cristhian Andrews at the Canada International Film Festival
Born Cristhian Andrews
May 28, 1990
Residence New York City
Education New World School of the Arts
Alma mater The New School
Occupation Director, Screenwriter, Composer, Orchestrator, Editor
Years active 2008-present
Known for The Black Moses
Website
www.cristhianandrews.com

Cristhian Andrews (born May 28, 1990) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, composer, orchestrator, film editor, saxophonist and humanitarian. He specialises in dramatisations of real-life events and is known for his signature use of hand-held cameras.

He was the producer, composer and orchestrator to Travolta Cooper's film The Black Moses.[1][2] The film premiered at March du Film and International Village Market in Cannes Film Festival in May 2014. It examines the Moses mythology as it was manifested through the life and times of the first prime minister The Bahamas. It follows Lynden Pindling as he sets on a course to bring about social, political, and economic revolution to the British Bahama Islands. It stars Dennis Haysbert,[3] civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, Sir Sidney Poitier, former South African President Thabo Mbeki (for Nelson Mandela), former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, former Jamaican Prime Minister PJ Patterson, musician Wyclef Jean, and other international cast. It closed the Bahamas International Film Festival [4] as Tom Hooper's The King's Speech did in 2010.[5] As a result, The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Michael Jackson Foundation premiered the film. The Black Moses acquired distribution in Cannes Film Festival.

Andrews also recently wrote, directed, edited and scored Before We Lose. The film had its world premiere in Derry, Northern Ireland at the 2014 Academy Qualifying Foyle Film Festival.[6] The film competed for a Light in Motion best film award against Oscar-Nominated and Bafta Winning film Boogaloo and Graham.[7] The film is inspired by the article Chernobyl Health Effects in Turkey by Nilay Kar.[8]

He co-produced, composed and orchestrated Habeeb Lawal's The Veil of Silence. The film highlights the new law that prohibits same-sex marriage in Nigeria. The bill was signed in early January and states that those who support gay rights or fail to report someone they know to be gay will be imprisoned. It premiered at BFI Flare London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival,[9][10][11][12] Amnesty International film festival in Toronto, the Foreign Ministry of Germany, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Germany), Leeds Queer Film Festival in Leeds, United Kingdom, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, Melbourne Queer Film Festival in Australia and at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations office in New York City.[13]

Andrews worked on Julianne Michelle's film Awakened.[14] It stars Academy Award Nominee Sally Kirkland, Steven Bauer, Edward Furlong, John Savage and Stelio Savante.[15] The film premiered at the New York City Independent Film Festival and in Los Angeles at LA Femme Film Festival.

Since founding Audacity Innovative, an American motion picture company that addresses pressing social issues that ignite social change,[16] he has worked with Bollywood director Tushar tyagi [17] on a film entitled Gulabee. It touches upon the self-power it takes for young girls in brothels in India to escape their current state of life. Andrews served editing, scoring & orchestration, sound design and coloring duties on the film. Gulabee received the Royal Reel Award from Canada International Film Festival[18] and premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival in May 2014.[19]

Early career

Andrews graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2009. He performed at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama on June 15, 2009 as part of the White House Music Series that featured students from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz alongside trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, saxophonist Branford Marsalis and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera.[20][21]

A film entitled The Fling was executive produced by Bob Giraldi, the music video director of Michael Jackson's 'Beat it', in which Andrews provided editing, scoring and orchestrations for the film. The film premiered at the Directors Guild of America Theatre.[22][23]

Andrews worked on Michael Stern's E.A Poe's Berenice, which premiered at the Stony Brook Film Festival and at the Long Island International Film Expo.[24] It won 'Best Drama' at the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival and Best Thriller at the Los Angeles ITVFest (Independent Television Festival).[25]

A series by director Elin Grönblom entitled My Secret Friend featured on Backstage Magazine, was scored & orchestrated by Andrews.[26]

Film directing

Andrews recently directed Before We Lose. The film premiered in Derry, Northern Ireland at 2014 Academy Qualifying Foyle Film Festival.[27] The film tells the story of a mother and her 3-year-old son and the turn their lives take with her deteriorating health condition. Based on recent findings in the Black Sea Region of Turkey and inspired by the article Chernobyl Health Effects in Turkey by Nilay Kar.[28]

Theater

Aside from film, Andrews has directed numerous Off-Broadway plays such as Destination: Perseverance, The Trainer, PVT Wars by James McLure and others .[29][30]

DanSpiek Dance Theatre recently commissioned Andrews to write an original score for their upcoming film Fractures.[31]

Upcoming films

Andrews is attached to direct Najmia.[32] The film is inspired by the true story of Fawziya Abdullah Youssef, a pregnant 12-year-old Yemeni child bride who died after severe complications during childbirth in 2009.[33][34][35] The film stars Nadya Alabsi and The Hurt Locker's own Suhail Dabbach.[36]

Andrews is also currently in pre-production for Wake. A film produced by Supernova Media starring Mira Sorvino, Kathy Baker, and Julianne Michelle.

Humanitarian work

He continues to collaborate with Steven Spielberg's Children at Heart foundation, Chabad's Children of Chernobyl, that evacuates children from the radioactive Chernobyl region and provides them with critical medical care, new homes, and education.[37][38] Andrews participates in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which treats and prevents devastating pediatric diseases as well as The Alzheimer's Association.[39][40]

Filmography

Short film credits

Year Film Director Producer Writer Editor Composer Notes
2012 E.A Poe's Berenice Template:Yes *Won Jury Award- Long Island Film Expo
  • Best Short Cape Fear Film Festival
2013 Back Up Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Hard on the land wears the strong sea Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 T.531 Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Wild Wild Upper West Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Street Sam Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Gulabee Template:Yes Template:Yes *Winner of Royal Reel Award- Canada International Film Festival
2013 Blind Date Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Tender Rope Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 The Best Photograph Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 The Fling Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Salam Shalom Template:Yes
2013 Jedrek Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Redolence Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 A Foreign Heart of Hope Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 Veil of Silence Template:Yes Template:Yes BFI London Official Selection
  • Unitarian Universalist United Nations Premiere
2014 Uncertain Dreams Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 Kiss the girls Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 Two Strangers Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 The Dance Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 Ana Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 Before We Lose Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Best Film Nomination Foyle Film Festival
2014 Atrocitas Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2015 Najmia Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Pre-production

Feature film credits

Year Film Director Producer Writer Editor Composer Notes
2006 Red Winter Snow Template:Yes
2008 End of a Love Affair Template:Yes
2009 The Fall of Redemption Template:Yes
2010 Summer of Silence Template:Yes
2011 Paint the Sky Template:Yes
2011 Doverfield Template:Yes
2012 Game of Chance Template:Yes
2012 Gone Too Far Template:Yes
2012 The Black Moses Template:Yes Template:Yes associate producer
  • Premiered at March du Film, Cannes Film Festival
2013 The Thief of Faith Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Behind a woman's eyes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Lying is done with words and also with silence Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 The Age of Love Template:Yes
2013 An Absent Dream Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2013 Inception of a lost art Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
2014 Fifty/50 Template:Yes
2014 Anything, But Nothing Else Template:Yes
2015 Wake Template:Yes In Development
2016 Nearer, My God, to Thee Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes In Development

Television credits

Year Film Director Producer Writer Editor Composer Notes
2012 My Secret Friend Template:Yes
2013 TBD Template:Yes
2014 Lines & Asides Template:Yes Template:Yes associate producer
2014 The Chase Backer Show Template:Yes

References

  1. http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/teaser-for-the-black-moses-on-lo-pindling-1st-black-prime-minister-of-the-bahamas
  2. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2167420/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_22
  3. http://www.thenassauguardian.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43557&Itemid=59
  4. http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/bahamas-international-film-festival/Dennis_Haysbert_in_The_Bahamas_for_BIFF_Closing_Night_Film_The_Black_Moses32080.shtml
  5. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bahamas-international-film-fest-unveils-656050
  6. http://www.foylefilmfestival.org/content/light-motion-awards-short-film-programme-1
  7. http://issuu.com/nervecentre/docs/fff_2014_web_version/13?e=3778568%2F10030818
  8. http://www.turkishpress.com/news/403195/
  9. http://www.360nobs.com/2013/11/official-trailer-for-habeeb-lawals-documentary-veil-of-silence/
  10. http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/new-documentary-veil-of-silence-tackles-proposed-anti-gay-bill-in-nigeria
  11. http://docgeeks.com/2014/03/19/documentaries-and-events-to-look-out-for-at-the-bfi-flare/
  12. http://www.gatewayforafrica.org/event/bfi-flare-london-lgbt-film-festival
  13. http://international.blogs.uua.org/international-uu-organizations/uu-uno/veil-of-silence-film-screening-and-panel-discussion-on-lgbtqi-rights-in-nigeria/?utm_content=buffer721c8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
  14. http://awakenedmovie.com/page/2
  15. http://indienyc.com/interview-julianne-michele-actress-awakened/
  16. http://www.audacityinnovative.com/theatrical-library.html
  17. http://www.tushartyagi.net
  18. https://www.canadafilmfestival.com/past-winners-main/2014-winners
  19. http://www.iaac.us/nyiff2014/schedule.htm
  20. http://news.allaboutjazz.com/thelonious-monk-institutes-jazz-in-the-classroom-students-participate-in-white-house-music-series-on-june-15.php#.U6y2-V60bwI
  21. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/16/arts/music/16jazz.html?_r=0
  22. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2793574/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
  23. http://www.sva.edu/events/events-exhibitions/mps-live-action-short-film-thesis-film-festival
  24. http://threevillage.patch.com/groups/arts-and-entertainment/p/ev--stony-brook-film-festival-hotel-lux-accompanying-3d19c20ef3
  25. http://spacejockeyreviews.com/e-a-poes-berenice-part-1-of-a-poe-trilogy-coming-soon/
  26. http://www.backstage.com/news/an-innovative-web-series-my-secret-friend-lets-actors-take-control/
  27. http://www.foylefilmfestival.org/content/light-motion-awards-short-film-programme-1
  28. http://www.turkishpress.com/news/403195/
  29. http://www.abouttheartists.com/artists/449557-cristhian-andrews
  30. http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=TRA40
  31. http://www.danspiek.com/#!film/c1m1g
  32. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/activist-filmmaker-shoot-movie-child-marriage-bay-ridge-article-1.1889140
  33. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/14/yemen.childbirth.death/index.html?_s=PM:HEALTH
  34. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1213168/Fawziya-Abdullah-Youssef-dies-labour-Child-bride-12-dies-Yemen-struggling-birth-THREE-days.html
  35. http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2009/09/13/84830.html
  36. http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2014/29/br-child-marriage-film-2014-07-18-bk_2014_29.html
  37. http://www.cah.net/2013/Detail.asp?Category=39&Item=1444
  38. http://askmissa.com/2013/12/04/recap-children-heart-gala-nyc-benefit-chabads-children-chernobyl/
  39. http://blacktiemagazine.com/save_the_date_2014/St_Jude_Winter_Ball.htm
  40. http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/members-of-the-hollywood-elite-and-some-of-the-world-s-most

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