Thom Andersen (born 1943, Chicago) is a filmmaker, film critic and teacher.
Andersen attended Berkeley in the early 1960s and then returned to his hometown of Los Angeles to attend USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he studied with Arthur Knight and eventually assisted on Knight's project The History of Sex in Cinema. While at USC Andersen met long-time friend and collaborator Morgan Fisher, who assisted on Andersen's student film Melting, a portrait of a sundae. He regularly attended local screening series including shows by the Trak Film Group and Movies 'Round Midnight and famously wrote about an unpopular screening of Andy Warhol's Sleep. After USC, Andersen attended UCLA and completed his experimental documentaries Olivia's Place and Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer. During the 1970s, his films screened at Los Angeles' Theatre Vanguard and Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive. He was the programmer for LA Filmforum in Los Angeles during the late 90's.
Andersen's film Los Angeles Plays Itself won the National Film Board Award for Best Documentary at the 2003 Vancouver International Film Festival, was voted best documentary of 2004 by the Village Voice Critic's Poll, and was voted one of the Top Ten Films of the Decade by critics at Cinema Scope. In 2010 he completed Get Out of the Car, a portrait of signs and abandoned spaces set to Los Angeles music. In spring 2012, Andersen took part in the three month exposition of Whitney Biennial.
He has taught at the SUNY Buffalo and Ohio State University and currently teaches film theory and history at the California Institute of the Arts. He lives in a two-bedroom modernist house designed by the architect Rudolf Schindler.
The Academy Film Archive has preserved a number of Thom Andersen's films, including "Olivia's Place," "Thursday's Children," "The Cliff Dwellers," "That Man of Mine," and "Melting".
- The Thoughts That Once We Had (2015)
- Reconversion (2012)
- Get Out of the Car (2010)
- Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
- Red Hollywood (1996)
- Klassenverhältnisse directed by Straub-Huillet (1984) (actor)
- Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1974)
- --- ------- (1966–67) (aka The Rock n Roll Movie)
- Olivia's Place (1966/74)
- Melting (1965)
- Roberta Smith (March 1, 2012). "A Survey of a Different Color 2012 Whitney Biennial". NY Times. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
- SCOTT FOUNDAS (July 25, 2004). "FILM; L.A. Residential". NY Times. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
- Thom Andersen at the Internet Movie Database
- Andersen's Faculty profile at CalArts
- Interview with Thom Andersen: CalArts faculty profile
- The Reality of Film; Thom Anderson on Los Angeles Plays Itself
- Bringing It Back: An Interview With Thom Andersen
- Urban Renewal:The dreamlife of Angeles: A film professor reclaims his city
- Thom Andersen interview with StopSmiling Magazine
- Interview with Thom Andersen on WNYC Radio
- The '60s Without Compromise:Watching Warhol's Films by Thom Andersen
- List of movies mentioned in Los Angeles Plays Itself (in order of appearance)
- 2007 Interview with Union Docs'
- Interview with Thom Andersen on Notebook on Cities and Culture
- Cinema Scope: Decade in Review