Andrew James is the award-winning writer/director of "Una Vida Mejor" and the co-director, cinematographer, editor, and producer of the award-winning documentary, "Cleanflix." In 2008, Andrew completed "Una Vida Mejor," a social awareness drama depicting the lives and struggles of migrant workers in Southern California. The film screened at film festivals worldwide and was the recipient of the Special Jury Prize for artistic vision at the 2008 Cinequest Film Festival. "Una Vida Mejor" was also selected for the Flanders International Film Festival where it was featured in "A Look Apart," a selection of films designed to feature "new directors, who dare to try experimental techniques, to shun the conservative doctrines and dogmas that blockbuster hits are made of."
In September 2009, Andrew completed the highly-anticipated feature-length documentary, "Cleanflix," about the short-lived sanitized film movement and the Mormon culture from which it sprang. "Cleanflix" had its world premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival where it garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. Since its premiere, "Cleanflix" has screened at more than 25 film festivals around the world, including the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Michael Moore's invite-only Traverse City Film Festival, and the Stranger Than Fiction film series at the IFC Center. "Cleanflix" was also the recipient of the Best Documentary Award at the 2010 New York United Film Festival. According to CBC News, "Cleanflix is a very smart and critical -- but never dismissive -- film about two vastly different worlds colliding over artistic censorship." Ain't It Cool News calls the film, "very compelling," and Variety says that "Cleanflix" is "undeniably amusing."
Andrew is currently working in Detroit, Michigan while he completes principle photography on "Street Fighting Man," a feature-length ensemble documentary that portrays the day-to-day challenges of living in post-industrial America. The film will weave together both tragic and redemptive stories of everyday people struggling to rebuild their communities in Detroit. Andrew is also working on a feature-length documentary about Mormon Feminism as the director of photography, working as an editor on "Far Between," a feature-length documentary about the lives of gay Mormons, co-directing a short documentary about a drug smuggler in the 1980's who disguised himself as a Mormon missionary, and developing a series of short, experimental documentary films about American capitalism. Andrew resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and has a BA in English Literature from Brigham Young University.