Andrew Lauer

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Andrew Lauer
Andrew Lauer in 2016.jpg
Lauer in 2016 (arm: Brad Pitt)
Born
Other namesAndy
CitizenshipAmerican
Alma materSan Diego State University, University of New Hampshire
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter, actor, social activist
Years active1989–present
TitlePresident & CEO at
ReelAid
&
Senior Director/Producer at
Motive Entertainment
&
Director/Writer at
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
WebsiteAndrew Lauer - Director
ReelAid
Motive Entertainment
Brillstein Entertainment Partners

Andrew "Andy" Lauer (born June 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.[citation needed]

Lauer with English actor Jeremy Irons
Lauer on an elephant ride during the production of Saha Going Beyond

As an actor, Lauer is probably best known for playing "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 the International Family Film Festival in 2015.[4] 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 was 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 in 2007, a story about deaf children in rural Tehuacan in Mexico.[5] Lauer's roommate after college, Brad Pitt executive produced.[6] Adrien Brody narrated the film with Esai Morales; Prior to that he received critical acclaim[citation needed] 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][7]

Lauer next project was Sahaya Going Beyond about a ragtag but heroic group working together to fight HIV in India, narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons.[3] It was completed in 2013.[8][9]

His next film Prince of Malacca is a love story of reincarnation of a Prince from the Kingdom of Malacca and a Princess from Singapura. In addition to directing this film Lauer will also stand in as a producer.[6][10]

In 2016, an Indiegogo campaign was launched to help raise $35,000 to fund a gay themed romantic comedy movie entitled "Please Don't Eat the Pansies". The cast included actor/writer Ronnie Kerr, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, singer/actor Tom Goss and Andrew.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Blame It on the Night Boy in Audience
1989 The Preppie Murder Josh Television film
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Vet - Villa Dulce
1991 The Doors (film) UCLA Student
1991 Necessary Roughness Charlie Banks
1991 For the Boys Corpsman on Battlefield, Korea
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
2002 Motherly Love Irving
2003 Tiger in the Arms Adam Cuthbert Short
2004 Just Desserts Jacques du Jacques Television film
2004 Fish Burglars Robert Short
2005 Jane Doe: The Wrong Face Marvin Television film
2005 H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds Kerry Williams Video
2005 Legion of the Dead Sam Weaver Video
2005 The Beast of Bray Road Jack Berka
2005 King of the Lost World Steven
2005 Dating Games People Play Tommy
2006 Faith Happens Bill
2007 Rattle Basket Jonathen
2007 Goldfish Ted, the neighbor Short
2008 Purgatory Bobby Video
2008 Jane Doe: Eye of the Beholder Marvin Apple Television film
2009 Wannabe Jason Short
2010 I Was a 7th Grade Dragon Slayer Dad
2010 All Together Dad
2010 The Last Call Last Hit Video short
2011 Wannabe Too Short
2012 Stuck Donald Short
2012 CSI: Miami - Season 10: Miami Meets Mother Nature Frank Video short
2013 Iron Man 3 Satellite Technician
2013 Sox Dale Hooger
2015 Shooting the Warwicks Mr. Rudofsky
2015 The Gun Collector Ron Hathaway Short
2015 Badge of Faith Bryan
2016 Criminal Minds - Season 11: Criminology: The Bond Meyers Video short
2017 Spreading Darkness Antonio
The Diamond Collector Detective Sully Pre-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 21 Jump Street Psycho 2 episodes
1989 Highway To Heaven Colin McCormick 1 episode
1990 Grand Officer Wayne Kasmurski 13 episodes
1990 Thirtysomething Ernest Leight 1 episode
1991 Brooklyn Bridge Young Myron Grossman 1 episode
1992 Doogie Howser, M.D. Theatre Manager 1 episode
1992–1993 Going to Extremes Charlie Moran 17 episodes
1993 Matlock Todd McCormick
1994 Murder, She Wrote Ernie Fishman
1995 High Sierra Search and Rescue Ben Phillips
1998 C-16: FBI Ritchie
1995–1999 Caroline in the City Charlie 74 episodes
2003 The John Kerwin Show Guest
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)
2014 The Royals Kevin
2015 The 101 Kevin

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(Multiple Awards received including Best Documentary Feature LA Film Festival)

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 "Andy Lauer". Gridiron Heroes. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  4. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS" (PDF). iffilmfest.org. 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  5. ^ "The Tehuacan Project". studenthandouts.com. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  6. ^ a b "'Prince of Malacca': Reborn to avert traged". Daily FT. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Andy Lauer". Semper Mental Productions. 2007-11-21. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  8. ^ "Sahaya supporters celebrate at documentary premiere". davisenterprise.com. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Sahaya Going Beyond". sahayagoingbeyond.org. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  10. ^ "'Prince of Malacca': Reborn to avert tragedy". Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  11. ^ Isaac, Tim (24 February 2016). "Gay-Themed Rom-Com Please Don't Eat The Pansies! Seeks Indiegogo Funding". biggaypictureshow.com. Retrieved 24 April 2018.

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