Born and raised near Chicago, XAN ARANDA is a Los Angeles-based Emmy nominated filmmaker, and showrunner of a forthcoming Netflix series. Her previous work spans a range of fiction and documentary film, TV, branded content, commercials, music videos, a stand-up special, and more.
With Mark and Jay Duplass, Xan developed and serves as an Executive Producer of HBO's ROOM 104, where episodes she created for season one received accolades from The Hollywood Reporter (Ten Favorite Episodes of 2017), The New York Times (Memorable TV Episodes of 2017), and Vox (Best 35 Episodes of 2017). Xan also produced BLUE JAY with Mel Eslyn, starring Sarah Paulson and Mark Duplass, which premiered at TIFF and sold to Netflix. She 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.
After its world premiere at New York Film Festival and Lincoln Center, Xan's directorial debut Andrew Bird: Fever Year screened in 90+ festivals, taking home nine awards.
The four music videos Xan directed for Grammy-nominee Neko Case have been positively received and aggregated by Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, Pitchfork, Paste, StereoGum, and numerous others.
Xan produced the award-winning Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams) 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.
“There is no ‘foot in the door.’ You’re the door.”
Xan is a popular featured speaker on a wide range of topics. She’s been the guest of Nike, HBO, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, SXSW, Film Independent, NALIP, 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.
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 in 2011.
She has served on competition juries and grant panels across the nation.
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Producers Guild of America
Writers Guild of America
Epitaph/Anti Records, Neko Case (music videos) coming soon
Duplass Brothers (Producer) here & here
Amazon Creative Services (Director, branded content) watch here & here & here
Focus Features (Producer, documentary development) watch here
Transparent, Jill Soloway/Andrea Sperling (docu-series / Producer) Amazon Prime
Epitaph/Anti Records, Neko Case (album trailer / Director, Producer) watch here
M ss ng P eces for Starbucks (Director / Field Producer) watch here
Andrew Bird: Fever Year (documentary film / Director, Producer) watch trailer
Dreamland, Robert Schwartzman (fiction feature film / 2nd Unit Production Manager)
Glowforge (Producer) watch here
Epitaph/Anti Records, Kelly Hogan (documentary short / Director, Producer) watch here
U.S. Department of Education, Secretary Arne Duncan (Consulting Producer)
Milking the Rhino, David E. Simpson (documentary film / Co-Producer)
Andrew Bird: Lusitania feat. Annie Clark of St. Vincent (music video / Director, Producer)
Prisoner of Her Past, Gordon Quinn & Howard Reich (documentary / Outreach Director)
Waggener Edstrom (Guest Speaker)
Nike (Guest Speaker with Common, Angela Davis, and others)
Andrew Bird: Lull feat. Dianogah, Lisa Barcy (music video / Producer, Co-Editor) watch
Andrew Bird: Imitosis, Britta Johnson (music video / Producer) watch
McGarry Bown (Branding & Ideation)
VSA Partners for CME Group (Field Producer)
Double Play: James Benning & Richard Linklater, Gabe Klinger (documentary / Consultant)
Life Itself, Steve James (documentary film / Consultant)
Spilled Water, May May Tchao (documentary film / Co-Producer)
Chicago Short Film Brigade (Founder, Executive Director)
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Conference Mentor)
Third Coast Audio Festival, Filmless Festival (Consulting Producer)
Band of Sisters, Mary Fishman (documentary film / Consultant)
Cooked, Judith Helfand (documentary film / Field Producer)
Provenance, Amy Siegel (Field Producer)
Hard Earned, Kartemquin Films for Al Jazeera America (documentary series / Consultant)
The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Bill Siegel (documentary film / Consultant)
The Interrupters, Steve James (documentary film / Consultant)
Reel Paradise, Steve James (documentary film / Consultant)
The War Tapes, Deborah Scranton (documentary film / Consultant)
Almost There, Aaron Wickenden & Dan Rybicky (documentary film / Consultant)
American Arab, Usama Alshaibi (documentary film / Consultant)
The Homestretch, Anne De Mare & Kirsten Kelly (documentary film / Consultant)
A Good Man, Gordon Quinn & Bob Hercules (documentary film / Consultant)
At the Death House Door, Steve James & Peter Gilbert (documentary film / Consultant)
The Last Flight of Petr Ginz (documentary film / Consultant)
Jens Jensen: The Living Green, Carey Lundin (documentary film / Consultant)
Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile (documentary film / Consultant)
A Song For You, Sharon Karp (documentary film / Consultant)
Jimmy in Saigon, Peter McDowell (documentary film / Consultant)
The Distant Architect, Clara Alcott (fiction short, Consultant)
Typeface, Justine Nagan (documentary film / Consultant)
Preserves, Anuradha Rana (documentary film / Consultant)
Grow, Sarah Carlson (documentary short / Consultant)
Wake Forest University (Crowdfunding Workshop)
Seattle University (Guest Speaker)
Columbia College College (Guest Speaker, 2006-2014)
Northwestern University (Guest Speaker)
University of Chicago (Workshop)
Big Water Film Festival (Programming Consultant)
Illinois Humanities Council (Panelist)
Hilton Hotels (Photo Model)
Leo Burnett, Secret Brand Deodorant (Photo Model)
IFP Minnesota, Knight Fellowships (Grant Panelist)
Theaster Gates, Dorchester Projects (Consultant)
O Olive Oil (Media Consultant, Copy Writer)