Short Film Played at the COMEDY FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles (September 2017)
Andrea Behring (Writer/Director/Producer/Editor) who goes by Andi, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Canyon High School in Canyon Country, California as their “Female Athlete of the Year” in 2006. Andi then graduated from Sacramento State in 2011, with a double bachelors degree in both Film Production and Digital Media. She was also a team captain of their Division I track and field team, in which she broke the school record in the indoor shot put, and was also an Academic and NSCA All-American. She then moved to Atlanta after graduating and immediately started working on any set where she could gain knowledge and experience, ultimately ending up in location managing. She has since become the locations department head manager on the long running CW television show, The Vampire Diaries, which is now in it’s final season. Andi has also worked as a key assistant location manager on the feature films Let’s Be Cops, Revelation, and Triple 9.
Andi’s senior thesis film in college and directorial debut – a documentary short about women’s professional tackle football entitled “The Sirens Call” – has had great success in the festival circuit. It has been featured in the All Sports Film Festival in Los Angeles, in which it won third place. It’s also been featured in the NextGen Festival in Sacramento, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Atlanta Underground, the Honolulu Film Awards to which it won the Silver Lei Award, as well as several other festivals throughout the country. She also wrote and directed a small short film entitled “The Beginning” which was shot in Atlanta in 2013. “The Beginning” was featured in the Y’allywood Film Festival (ATL), Goa Short Film Festival (India), The South Dakota Film Festival, and the Live International Online Short Film Festival, among several others.
Andi wrote the screenplay for “Baggage” in early 2014, and in an effort to fundraise for production, the script was entered into screenwriting competitions across the country. It has been featured most recently in the Houston Comedy Film Festival, Las Vegas Screenplay Competition, Nashville Film Festival, Milledgeville Film Festival, Canada Independent Film Festival (where it won second place for short narrative films), the APM Short Screenplay Competition, the London Film Awards and the 2016 Artists Alliance Short Screenplay Competition. Once she had enough fundraising, she started her own production company in January of 2016, and And D Productions, Inc. was born – also known as &D Productions. The new production company completed filming on it’s first official project “Baggage” in May of 2016 in New York City.
The process of creating Baggage, from start to finish, has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. Although I have directed smaller projects in the past, this was truly my writing and directorial debut on something of this scale – and what a learning experience it has been! The feeling of watching your vision, story, and characters come to life right in front of you is pretty indescribable. It made me fall in love with the art of storytelling all over again. Spending almost two years of my life dedicated to Baggage, it became like a child to me, and I became immersed and obsessed with perfecting it. The project really started to take on a life of it’s own, and my crew and I made a pact to do everything to make it as epic as possible; dubbing it “The Biggest Little Short that Could”. We were going all out. There was no turning back now!
What I learned every single step along the way is that a project of this size takes a village of wonderful, talented, and dedicated friends to band together to pull it all off. We of course had some unexpected setbacks, and many long, long days, but once we had finished, I think we were all just so proud that we had accomplished what many said was not possible. This short was really a gamble that we were all willing to double down on and put relentless energy into; mostly in order to prove that we could. Many of us are newcomers to our respective positions, with a real passion for what we are doing, and that energy was seriously contagious on set. It was electrifying. It was overwhelming. It was a blast!
I am so very thankful for those who believed in me enough to support me and help me see this vision come to life. It has not only been the learning experience of a lifetime; but it has also given me the confidence to know I can tackle projects of any size, and overcome any obstacle that I will inevitably face. It has encouraged me to write more feature length scripts, study as many filmmakers as possible, and explore my own growth as a person and director. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and experience.