Javier Andrade, Director – La Casa del Ritmo
Javier Andrade was born in Portoviejo, Ecuador in 1978. He graduated from Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 2000 with a B.A. in Business and a Minor in Film. He started in film as an actor, with small roles in Sebastián Cordero’s “Ratas, Ratones, Rateros”, and Mateo Herrera’s “Alegría de una Vez”.
In 2002, Javier moved to New York to pursue a M.F.A. in film directing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. In 2004, his short film “Pía” won Best Short Film and the Audience Award at the Cero Latitud Film Festival in Quito, Ecuador. In 2006, ‘Pía’ was selected to be a part of the prestigious New Directors/New Films Festival, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
He has written and directed several short films and music videos. ‘Porcelain Horse’, his first feature film script, has won the Production award by the National Council of Cinema of Ecuador and was invited to the Toscano Foundation’s Screenwriting workshop, headed by Bertha Navarro (producer of ‘The Devil’s Backbone’, ‘Crónicas’, ‘Cobrador’, amongst others). ‘Porcelain Horse’ is currently on preproduction.
Javier now lives and works in Ecuador, where he teaches film and directs commercials and documentaries. His next project after ‘Porcelain Horse’ is ‘La casa del ritmo’, a feature length concert film/documentary about Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles.