Chicago in Los Angeles
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.

With Mark and Jay Duplass, Xan developed and serves as an Executive Producer of HBO's ROOM 104, the anthology series to be July 2017. She also produced BLUE JAY with Mel Eslyn, starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Xan produced the Duplass Brothers' first commercial in 2015.

Xan's Emmy nomination was alongside Jill Soloway for Transparent's "This Is Me" --a collection of short films for which she served as Producer and Co-Executive Producer. The series premiered via Entertainment Weekly and is available free, via Amazon Prime and Wifey.TV"You made magic, moved the world and made it seem effortless." --Jill Soloway

Her concept and craft of the album trailer commissioned by Grammy-nominee Neko Case, positively received and aggregated by Billboard, Spin, Pitchfork, and numerous others, was celebrated for having “heart and soul” and continues to rack up views on YouTube.

Xan's directorial debut, Andrew Bird: Fever Year, premiered at Lincoln Center with the New York Film Festival and screened in over 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 film Mormon Movie/Working Title, a co-production with acclaimed documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films (Life Itself), is inspired by dramatic religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s. MM/WT is currently in production.

Xan Aranda is a producer of the award-winning Kartemquin Films release Milking the Rhino, which was filmed in Kenya and Namibia, and received four stars from the Chicago Tribune. She also served as Outreach Director for Prisoner of Her Past, directed by Gordon Quinn, and handled broadcast of both films.

“There is no ‘foot in the door.’ You’re the door.”
As arts evangelist, Xan is a popular featured speaker on a wide range of topics. She’s been the guest of Nike, Waggener Edstrom, Wake Forest University, Seattle University, the Yukon High School of Fine Arts, Columbia College, Northwestern University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul University, and many others.

“Xan talked about things I wish someone had told me before I graduated.”
Stacy, student filmmaker

Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Short Film Brigade, Xan curated and hosted screenings of international short films from 2003 through 2012. The Sundance Institute recruited her for their ShortsLab: Chicago in 2011.

She has served on competition juries for Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, IFP Minnesota, Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago International Film Festival, Third Coast International Audio Festival, Hugo Television Awards, and others.


Emmy Nominee: Outstanding Short-Form NonFiction Program 2015
This is Me
Creative Arts Emmys

Best Pop Culture Documentary
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
Documentary Edge Festival, New Zealand

Jury Prize: Best Documentary Film
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
Omaha Film Festival

Audience Award
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
Noise Pop Film Festival, San Francisco

Best Sound
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
Southern Appalachian International Film Festival

Audience Choice Award: Best Feature Film
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
Gwinnett Center International Film Festival

Best Documentary Feature
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
SENE Film, Music, & Arts Festival

Golden Ace Award
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
Las Vegas Film Festival

Best Sound
Andrew Bird: Fever Year
Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival




Images by Myrna Suarez, Sydney Fleischmann, Mark Boyer, Cameron Wittig, Jeff Sciortino, Joseph Aranda, and others