Andover Film Makers

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These are actors, directors and producers of film who lived in Andover.

Laura Bernieri


Next Stop Wonderland

  • "Lights, Camera, Actions in Our Own Backyard (Next Stop Wonderland), Eagle Tribune, December 26, 1999

Her Proper Place: 100 Years of Women in Andover

  • Wives Lend their Voices, Lives to Film. (Her Proper Place, about Phillips Academy spouses) Andover Townsman March 5, 1998.

Delta Rising - A Blues Documentary

Mark Grant

Mark Grant is a screenwriter and co-producer of television series including Perfect World and Empty Nest


Serial Intentions

  • "Finishing Up Serial Intentions", Townsman, February 8, 2001
  • "Grant Writing Leads to Independent Serial Intentions", Townsman, August 17, 2000

Robin Hessman

Robin Hessman grew up in Andover and is a graduate of Brown University with a dual degree in Russian and film. She spent eight years in Russia at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography, as well as directing Ulitsa Sezam, the Russian-language Sesame Street.


Portrait of Boy with Dog - *Robin and her co-director James Longley won an Academy Award For "Portrait of Boy with Dog" when they were both students in 1994.

  • "Film Wins Global Audience", Eagle Tribune, July, 12, 1994

My Perestroika - This documentary premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of the US Documentary competition.

  • "End of an Era Captured on Film: Andover Filmmaker Tells Stories of the Last Generation of Iron Curtain Kids", Townsman, April 7, 2011, page 14
  • Director Sees "My Perestroika" Open to TV Audience.(shown on WGBH POV show) Andover Townsman June 3, 2011, p. 11.

Matt McDermott

An actor.

The Hollow

  • "Matt McDermott wins award for excellence for the Hollow at Tambakos Film Festival and Video Competition" Town Crossings, April 20, 2001

Miracle Dogs

  • a television Movie

Melanie Perkins

Melanie Perkins is a director and writer of television documentaries. See

Have You Seen Andy

  • "Andover Film Director Nominated for an Emmy", Townsman, August 18, 2008 - a documentary about a lost Andover boy.

Alex Perry

An Andover native and Bridgewater State College student Alex Perry is winning awards for filmmaking in Campus MovieFest

Scrabble, The Motion Picture Alex Perry won northern regional finale of Campus MovieFest

  • "Andover Native Makes Award-Winning Short Film", June 17, 2009

Grass Grow Green June 3, 2010

  • "Andover's Perry Takes Aim at National Recognition: Filmmaker Plans Hollywood Careers", Townsman, June 3, 2010
  • "Aspiring Film Maker on Target, Townsman, June 3, 2010

Jackson Quinn

A Filmmaker who won awards in the Homegrown Film Festival.

  • "Lights, Camera Action in Our Own Backyard (Ravol's Van Wounded Bird and Spread the Love Around() won awards in Homegrown Movie Festival" Eagle Tribune, Eagle Tribune, December 26, 1999

Stephen Stapinski

Stephen Stapinski, a native of Andover, is an actor, director and producer who has appeared in 10 films.

Sporting Dog - A short film based on a mystery short story called "Child Support".

  • "Dog Fetches Award for Andover Producer" Andover Townsman, September 30, 1999
  • "Film Wins National and International Awards: Best Short Film in Festival (CMJ Independent Film Channel)", Eagle Tribune, July 12, 1994
  • "Local Film Company Runs with the Big Dogs", Townsman, September 30, 1999 - Stephen acted in and directed this film.

Bruce Twickler

Bruce Twickler is a producer, director, and writer for documentaries and television movies.


Damrell's Fire

  • "Forgotten Fire-Stopper", Townsman, July 13, 2006 - A Documentary about Boston's Chief John Damrell who applied hist technical understanding of fire fighting to the establishment of new building codes as a result of the Boston Fire of 1872 or Damrell's Fire.

--Eleanor 10:15, September 23, 2011 (EDT)--Leslie 19:21, July 18, 2012 (EDT)

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