Jan Andrews

My first university studies and degrees were in Anthropology with an emphasis on biological anthropology and paleopathology. After working for a few years as an epidemiologist health planner, I received a grant to travel to Egypt to gather data for a dissertation. After returning from Egypt I decided to make a film of the Bedouin whom I studied in the Sinai Desert. I entered the film studies program at the University of Utah and made my first films in 1983-84.  An early film, “Seduction,” played in an art gallery in New York and my second film was shown in several film festivals and I was inspired to pursue a career in filmmaking. After making several films through the University of Utah film Department I eventually enrolled formally in the graduate program and received my M.F.A. in film studies in1998. During my tenure I was a teaching assistant in the film department for the film history courses. I have received grants for many of my film projects from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Utah Humanities Council. I made a film in 1995, “Geography of the Imagination,” that screened at the Sundance Film Festival and many festivals around the world.

Most of my films are documentaries but I also make experimental films and installation work for museums and galleries. I still investigate anthropological themes in my work but choose themes and topics that are of interest to me more than their potential popularity. I currently work as an independent filmmaker.