Andrew Irvin

Who Am I ?


October 2011

1: Who am I?

This is Andrew Irvin–or so I’ve often been told.

2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?

Projects? I can answer that as though it was asked in the plural form, right? I happen to be in pre-production on a black samurai film I wrote, and I’m in the midst of writing a children’s book on seasonal produce for the boutique ice creamery where I scoop my way through my days. I’m also planning a pair of feature-length documentaries to shoot from January through June in Honduras on first world agribusiness impacting indigenous farm practices, and another on archaeological excavations of the Lenka people.

3: Where are you from and where are you going?

I’m from a pair of picturesque little college towns in Ohio, and, if the state’s track record of churning out astronauts is any indication, I’ll probably be going to space at some point.

4: Who is your biggest hero?

I’m going to have to break this one down, too, since it’s mostly a diffuse composite image of Jimmy Stewart, Paul Newman, Dean Martin, Neil Cassidy, Paul Westerberg, Andrew Wyeth, A.A. Milne, and various guys named Tim.

5: What book is your bible?

This past year, Frank Capra’s autobiography, The Name Above The Title, has been sitting by my bed alongside the collected work of Sophocles longer than any others. I’d say I’ve been treating Capra’s book as an operating manual for young directors, and I’ve been trying to figure out how all the parts work in my life. I cross-reference frequently to make sure I’m not screwing anything in the wrong way.

Also, What Every Young Wizard Should Know by Cal Roy takes the all-time prize. The title page art is inked onto many of the young men in my family, since our grandmother used to read it to us whenever we’d visit. It’s basically become the family crest.

6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?

Things I love: creating compelling fiction, constantly dancing, top tier ice cream, subtitles, India ink, and perfect sunglasses.

Things I hate: cellphones, savage nobles, corporations assuming the role of gods in the free market, and feet clad only in socks.

7: What is your raison d’être?

People sometimes mention that certain children are precocious. I’ve always felt it’s of paramount importance to spend my days as a precocious adult. That’s a state of grace I try to find in myself; knowing what’s what before it’s upon me is paramount.

8: What is your favorite color?

Whatever golden hue I see through the other side of a glass of rye whiskey.

9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?

Since I was a little kid, I’ve always been a huge fan of Hawkeye from The Avengers. He doesn’t even have any superpowers; he’s just got good enough aim and quick enough feet to hang with the major leaguers.

10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?

Oh, wherever I find Miss Lori Zimmer is, of course, the hottest spot in New York.

11: What turns you on?

Honesty in lieu of insecurity and gorgeous geniuses, of course.

12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?

If you could add a word into the OED, what would it be and why do you think it’s currently lacking from the English language?

Andrew Irvin is a  filmmaker who writes and draws to fill in the gaps between shooting. He produces records for indie rock bands whenever he gets near a studio long enough to do so. He is perennially interested in the world around him, and he’s persistent about viewing the whole thing through his own lens.


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Questions by PMc Magazine

Edited by Meaghan Coffey

Photography by Eric Soth

Design by Jillian Mercado

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Andrew Irvin, Directing the first Black Sun photo shoot, 2011, Photography by Eric Soth

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