Professor & Audio Area Head
Andrew Garrison is an independent filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, who works in both documentary and fiction. His most recent film is the documentary feature, TRASH DANCE (2012), winner of several festival awards including Special Jury Recognition at its premiere at SXSW, and the unprecedented winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at both the AFI Silverdocs Film Festival and the Full Frame Film Festival. His previous films include the documentary THIRD WARD TX (2007), and the narrative triptych THE WILGUS STORIES (2000), both of which premiered at SXSW and aired on PBS, and the award-winning shorts, FAT MONROE (1990) and NIGHT RIDE (1994). Garrison’s work has earned him Guggenheim, Rockefeller, NEA and AFI Fellowships. His films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Berlin International Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. He is an Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media Production at The University of Texas at Austin.
Garrison was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, and has been working in independent film since graduating from Antioch College in 1974. That year he co-founded the Dayton Community Media Workshop in Ohio with Academy Award-nominated filmmakers, Julia Reichert and Jim Klein, and four other friends. He was later invited to work at Appalshop, the acclaimed documentary collective in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, where he spent more than a dozen years as a cinematographer for other filmmakers, while producing and directing his own work.
He continues to freelance as cinematographer and sound recordist. He is the Audio Area Head for the Department and a member of the Cinema Audio Society. As a freelancer he has worked for Kirby Dick, Barbara Kopple, Charles Guggenheim, the BBC, PBS, and numerous other independent filmmakers and programs. He has been a sound recordist for shoots with Martin Scorsese, George W. Bush, Pete Seeger, Yao Ming, Michael Cain, Karl Rove, Billy Bragg, Eldridge Cleaver, Ralph Stanley, Eva Longoria, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and Emmy Lou Harris, among others.
Garrison is the founder of the East Austin Stories documentary project, an on-going documentary collaboration between U.T. student filmmakers and the residents and businesses in communities in East Austin. You can see the student work at www.EastAustinStories.org.