ANDREA JANAKAS

Director

A graduate of the Journalism program at Emerson College, Andrea recently completed her MFA in Directing at The American Film Institute. Her short films cross genres and undeniably examine the human condition and political preoccupations of various eras. Her meditations on small town life and the need for social change are evident.

Andrea's films have garnered acclaim from festivals and notable mentors. A recipient of an AFI scholarship, she was awarded the 2005 FUJI STUDENT FILMMAKER AWARD for her script, "Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves". The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2006, and stars Annie Quinn and Amanda Seyfried. "Gypsies" received the Jury Prize at the Palm Springs International Shorts Festival, got a wink in Creative Screenwriting Magazine, and IndieWire named the film one of the Top Ten Outstanding Shorts at Outfest.

Other directing credits include "Average Joe", Karma Sutra", "SKAL", and "White Noise" as well as the well-received multi-media play, "SAVE" for Theater of Note in Hollywood.

Most recently Andrea completed the Film Independent Screenwriter's Lab with co-writer Phinneas Kiyomura for their project, "Beds & Graves" and just recently adapted the award winning memoir, "Last Time I Wore A Dress" by Daphne Scholinski. Currently, Andrea is attached to direct the independent feature film, "God and Other Strangers" written by Justine Cogan.