Andi State is a Montreal and Hudson NY based filmmaker and photographer. She was born and raised in Bucharest Romania until the age of 8 when her parents defected to Canada. She explores reality through cinema and photographs focusing on landscapes and diverse concepts of community, often involving music. Self-taught with a view informed by a bachelor's degree in political science , and minors in existential philosophy and theatre, her work seeks out the minute events in life which paste together to reflect the tapestry of our soul. She examines life on earth at this time.
Andi has spent the majority of her life working in film, starting at age 20 as a cashier at Montreal's repertory Cinema du Paris. Her first film was as a producer, the dark comedy Peepers (2010), funded by Telefilm and distributed by E1 Entertainment, which was nominated for five Canadian Comedy Awards and three ACTRA Awards.
State diverted from mainstream filmmaking after that, and concentrated on making three experimental documentaries with a camcorder; directing, shooting, and editing; 'Suuns Europe 2011' which premiered at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema in the Panorama Section, 'The Shigawake Movie' (2016), a portrait of a small town country fair which premiered on CBC’s Absolutely Quebec, and 'The Pop Movie' , supported by the Conseil des Arts du Quebec, scheduled for release in 2020. She has created several video installations including House (2012), which showed at Art Basel in Miami, and in 2018 directed an interactive music video in collaboration with musician Sarah Pagé, shot in 360 degrees and focusing on a harp. On the photography side, Andi’s photos have been published in Rolling Stone, Dazed, and Fashion and she self-published Death Valley, a book of landscapes, in 2017. She is currently working on the music series, Off the Floor, and a new film about the Hudson River.