Andrew Lauer

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Andrew Lauer
Andy in India.jpg
Andrew in India
Born (1965-06-19) June 19, 1965 (age 51)
Santa Monica, California
Other names Andy
Citizenship American
Alma mater San Diego State University, University of New Hampshire
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, social activist
Years active 1989–present
Title President & CEO at
ReelAid
&
Senior Director/Producer at
Motive Entertainment
&
Director/Writer at
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Website Andrew Lauer - Director
ReelAid
Motive Entertainment
Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Andrew "Andy" Lauer (born June 19, 1965) is an American feature and documentary filmmaker, actor and social activist.[1]

Lauer is the Founder President & CEO of ReelAid, a non-profit organization made up of filmmakers from the Hollywood community producing low to no-cost promotional videos for other non-profit organizations who in turn use them to fund-raise and create public awareness.

Early life[edit]

Lauer was born in Los Angeles to an attorney father and an actress mother. He engaged as an actor from ages 9 to 11 and then stopped for the sake of normal childhood.[2]

Lauer is an athlete and a football player. He captained his high school's gymnastics team.[2]

He attended San Diego State University and then transferred to University of New Hampshire; he chose the Theater & Arts and Journalism there. He worked as a busboy to subsidize his studies at the New York Friars Club, where he was influenced by the comic legends Red Skelton, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman and Lucille Ball. After the completion of his studies, he traveled through Europe and then he settled in New York to start his career. In 1987, he returned to Los Angeles and improved his comedic abilities with The Groundlings and L.A. Connection.[2]

Career[edit]

He began his career in front of the camera with major roles in film and TV including Born on the Fourth of July (with Tom Cruise), For the Boys (with Bette Midler) and Iron Man 3 (with Robert Downey Jr.). He has mentored under the direction of filmmakers Oliver Stone, Michael Bay, David Fincher and James Burrows. He has shot on HDV, DSLR, Beta, 16, S16, 35...etc. in the toughest of conditions (North Pole) and the most unusual situations (underwater, inside shark cages).[3]

Lauer may be best known to America acting as "Charlie" on the NBC comedy series Caroline in the City.[3]

He has directed and produced the feature film Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer starring Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and Wendie Malick (Racing Stripes). The film was released in theaters Spring 2011 and went on to stay on the family charts for 28 consecutive weeks.[1][3] Lauer’s recent project, Gridiron Heroes, won Best Feature Documentary at LA Film and Script Festival and Best Direction at NY International. The film follows fallen High School footballers and features actor Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), football legends Mike Ditka, Kurt Warner, Deacon Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Commentator Al Michaels. He is also involved in a sister-project executive produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Battleship) titled Head’s Up Tackling.[1]

He also had triple duties directing/writing/producing The Tehuacan Project, a tender story about deaf children defying incredible obstacles in rural Tehuacan in Mexico. Lauer's college roommate Brad Pitt executive produced. Adrien Brody narrated the film with Esai Morales; Prior to that he received critical acclaim for his feature film Intermedio, a supernatural thriller starring Edward Furlong (Terminator 2, American History X) and Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and the multi-award-winning short film, Little Cuba.[1][3][4]

Lauer is also in the final stages of Going Beyond about a ragtag but heroic group working together to fight HIV in India, narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons.[3]

He is currently involved as a producer, scriptwriter and director for a feature film Little Cuba which is going to be filmed in Sri Lanka and Miami.[5]

Lauer’s current feature film The One I Write For You with Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects), Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future and Broadway Sensation), Cheyenne Jackson (Blue Skies) is due in theaters in Winter 2014.

Prince of Malacca is billed to be directed by Lauer. In addition to directing this film Lauer will also stand in as a producer.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Necessary Roughness Charlie Banks
1995 Screamers Michael 'Ace' Jefferson
1998 I'll Be Home for Christmas Nolan
2000 Gun Shy Jason Cane
2001 August Underground
2002 Jane White Is Sick & Twisted Desiree
2004 Just Desserts Jacques du Jacques
2005 H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds Kerry Williams
2007 Goldfish Ted, the neighbor
2010 Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer Dad

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 21 Jump Street Psycho 2 episodes
1990 Grand Officer Wayne Kasmurski 13 episodes
1993 Matlock Todd McCormick
1994 Murder, She Wrote Ernie Fishman
1995–1999 Caroline in the City Charlie 74 episodes
2005 Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Marvin Apple
2008 Estate of Panic Himself Season 1, Episode 3 - 2nd Place
2008 Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder Marvin Apple
2013 Wipeout Himself (contestant)

Director[edit]

Year Film Notes
2005 Intermedio
2007 The Tehuacan Project Documentary
2010 Adventures of a Teenage Dragon Slayer
2010 Going Beyond Documentary
2011 The Hill Chris Climbed: The Gridiron Heroes Story Documentary(post-production)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Board of Directors". Reel Aid. Retrieved 2014-10-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "BIOGRAPHY: ANDY LAUER as Charlie". Caroline In The City. Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Andy Lauer". Gridiron Heroes. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  4. ^ "Andy Lauer". Semper Mental Productions. 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  5. ^ "'Little Cuba'". Daily FT. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  6. ^ "'Prince of Malacca': Reborn to avert tragedy". Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2015-07-17. 

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