Emmy nominee Xan Aranda is an award-winning director, producer, writer and consultant with projects ranging from fiction and documentary film and TV to branded content, commercials and music videos.
Her Emmy nomination was alongside acclaimed director and former Kartemquin associate Jill Soloway for Transparent's "This is Me," a collection of five short documentaries highlighting issues faced by the transgender community, for which she served as Producer and Co-Executive Producer. "This is Me" premiered on Entertainment Weekly's website and is available for free via AmazonPrime and Wifey.TV. "You made magic, moved the world and made it seem effortless."--Jill Soloway
With Mark and Jay Duplass, Xan developed and serves as an Executive Producer of the HBO anthology series ROOM 104. She produced BLUE JAY with Mel Eslyn, starring Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. Xan also produced the Duplass Brothers' first commercial in 2015.
Xan's directorial debut, Andrew Bird: Fever Year, premiered at Lincoln Center with the New York Film Festival and screened in more than 90 festivals. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as "a gently illuminating look at a brilliant maverick musician... captured with grace and delicacy", Fever Year received nine awards.
Her concept and craft of the album trailer for Grammy-nominee Neko Case was positively received and aggregated by Billboard, Spin, Pitchfork, CMJ and numerous others, and celebrated as having "heart and soul."
With Kartemquin, Xan is directing Mormon Movie, inspired by religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s. This feature-length documentary is slated for release in 2017.
Xan Aranda is a Producer of the award-winning Kartemquin release Milking the Rhino, which filmed in Kenya and Namibia and screened on five continents. She served as Outreach Director for Prisoner of Her Past, directed by Gordon Quinn, and handled broadcast of both films on PBS.