Services for Andy Anderson will be held Saturday. The long-time filmmaker and UT-Arlington professor died earlier this month. He was 70.
Bart Weiss, head of Video Association of Dallas, was a long-time colleague and friend of Anderson’s. Long ago, he made this short for KERA’s “Deep in the Arts” series. It gives a great picture of Anderson’s films.
In the short piece, Anderson sums up his approach to his career: “I make the films I want to make, by choice. I know I’ll never be rich. I also know I’ll never be tall. But I have to keep doing it. It’s what I do. I’m a junkyard dog.”
In an appreciation for Dallas Morning News, Weiss wrote:
“Andy had a mind that did not stop. He did not sleep very much. He had what he called the 3-dimensional chess mind. I came to figure out that every conversation with him, he had already figured out what I was going to say, and had an answer.
Andy was always giving of his time his expertise his critiques and just stuff. If you mentioned that you needed a cable or well almost anything, the next day I would find it on my desk. He did the same for so many students. One needed some lights and they appeared; another, a mic. He would never accept fees or honoraria, always insisting the money go back to the organization inviting him.”
The Star-Telegram’s Robert Philpot wrote a thorough account of Anderson’s career. His films could be unconventional.
“His most unusual, “Drive By Shooting,” was released in 1994: It’s a documentary that consists of a narrator reading police reports off-camera while Anderson drives by Fort Worth locations where the crimes occurred, pointing his camera at them.
More than 600 crimes are listed in the two-hour film, roughly the rate they were occurring in real life at the time. The movie isn’t meant to be watched from start to finish — when it first played at the Dallas Video Festival, it was on a continuous loop, so that festival-goers could watch for a few minutes then come back later and find out about different crimes.”