Anderson Lauded as Indie Pioneer at KC FilmFest

UT Arlington professor and filmmaker Andy Anderson will receive the Indie Pioneer Award at this month’s Kansas City FilmFest.

“Andy is long overdue to receive our recognition of his work as a filmmaker and educator,” said Fred Andrews, festival director. “He has influenced and inspired two generations of filmmakers.”

Anderson, former chair of the Department of Art and Art History and current writer-in-residence, spent much of his career producing, writing and directing independent films as well as writing and directing commercials for television. His feature films include “Positive I.D.” (Universal Pictures) and “Detention,” and many of his personal films, photography and installation work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Nelson Atkins Museum, the California Center for Photography and the Australian Center for the Moving Image.

Last year, Anderson was named the 2011 recipient of the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professorship in Film and Video.

“With creativity, humor and innovative filmmaking, Andy has created a powerful body of work,” Andrews said. “His more experimental work can, at the same time, shock you, encourage introspection and lead you to self discovery. Andy is approachable, selfless, generous, and encouraging to student and beginning filmmakers.”

The Kansas City festival is slated for April 6-10. Previous Indie Pioneer Award winners include actor/director Keith Gordon (“Dexter”), actress Karen Black (“Easy Rider”), actor L.Q. Jones (“Casino”), producer Peggy Rajski (“Eight Men Out”) and producer Sam Grogg (“A Trip to Bountiful”), who is a former adjunct instructor at UT Arlington and current dean of the School of Communication at the University of Miami.

“We are proud that Professor Anderson is a member of our faculty,” said Dr. Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “He has been recognized as one of the outstanding professors of the state of Texas as a Minnie Piper Stevens Foundation Piper Professor. His films and photographic and installation works have entered the permanent collections of museums around the world. … We are delighted that he has received this most recent honor for his creative activity.”

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