Xan Aranda is an award-winning director, producer, consultant, and speaker with clients ranging from producers of fiction and documentary film and television to emerging artists, international corporations, record labels, advertising and branding agencies, and festivals.
Spring of 2015, acclaimed director Jill Soloway hired Xan to produce "This is Me" --a series of five short documentaries highlighting issues faced by the transgender community. The series, Emmy-nominated this year for "Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program" premiered on Entertainment Weekly's website, and is available via Amazon Prime and Wifey.TV.
As a professional collaborator, Xan Aranda is known to be focused, communicative, resourceful, and optimistic under pressure. With strong ties to film communities across the United States, she currently resides in Los Angeles.
Her concept and craft of the album trailer for Grammy-nominee Neko Case was positively received and aggregated by Billboard, Spin, Pitchfork, CMJ and numerous others, and celebrated as having "heart and soul."
Xan's directorial debut, Andrew Bird: Fever Year, premiered at Lincoln Center with the New York Film Festival and screened in over 90 festivals. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a gently illuminating look at a brilliant maverick musician... captured with grace and delicacy", Fever Year received nine awards, and is her fourth collaboration with Andrew Bird.
With Kartemquin, Xan is directing Mormon Movie, inspired by religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s. This feature-length documentary is slated for release in 2017.
Xan Aranda is a Producer of the award-winning 2008 Kartemquin release Milking the Rhino. She also served as Outreach Director for Prisoner of Her Past, directed by Gordon Quinn, and handled broadcast of both films on PBS.
Films by Xan Aranda
- Milking the Rhino 2008
- Associate Producer
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