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Andrew Wagner

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts


Dodge College Course: Production Workshop I

Filmmaking is “a profound opportunity to express ourselves at the deepest level and nourish the cultural soul,” says Andrew Wagner. After graduating from AFI, Wagner utilized his diverse talents to embark on a career in independent filmmaking. He reached “the turning point” in his career when he wrote, directed, and produced the feature  The Talent Given Us, which played at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, and after a championing review from Roger Ebert in the New York Times, went on to play in over 30 cities. His next film, Starting Out in the Evening, premiered at Sundance in competition - an experience which Wagner describes as “amazing.”

Today, Wagner encourages his students to be wholly devoted to their storytelling. “Seek depth and quality in your work; demand from yourself the strength to overcome resistance” he says. “Commit to telling stories you feel passionately about, and you “always have a good answer when times are hard and you ask yourself why you chose such a challenging career.”