Season 2 Episode 7 – Andy Motz – Experimental Filmmaker
Andy Motz (he/him) is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. Andy works within narrative, documentary, and experimental formats to explore pressing issues including HIV awareness, queer identity, masculinity, and more. I had the pleasure of speaking with Andy about alternative masculinity, his films, his process, and his goals. Andy’s films are engaging and pointed without being preachy or over-the-top. He is a passionate artist who seeks equality for all filmmakers and is a true believer in the power of film and the messages it brings to the viewer. We discussed his film, An Approaching World, which he entered into The Experimental Film Fest and its underlying messages and its reflection of his own story.
An Approaching World is an experimental film reflecting on the journey I, and so many queer people, take from rural to urban, from unsafe to safe, and from storm to shelter in search of liberation.
His films have been screened at festivals around the world including Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ Festival, Awareness Festival, Global Peace Festival, and Paris Shorts Film Festival. His poetry has been published in various literary journals including Human Obscura, Ghost City Press, and SnapDragon.
Andy most recently co-curated a digital film and poetry festival with the arts collective Level Ground and is currently working on a feature-length experimental documentary about alternative masculinity.