Recognized by OUT Magazine as one of the 100 most influential and newsworthy GLBT people, Casper Andreas is a man of many talents! He's a performer, director, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Sweden, Casper moved to NYC at the age of 20 with dreams of being on stage and big city glamour. After studying for 2 years at the Lee Strassberg Theatre and Film Institute, Casper dreams started coming true as he starred in numerous Off-Broadway shows such as "Hamlet" and "Brilliant Traces" (which Casper also produced). After sometime Casper decided to head West to Hollywood where he wrote several screenplays, studied directing, and took seminars in filmmaking at IFP/West, but eventually came back to New York where he continued to write, direct, and produce short films as well as his first feature, the multi-award winning film "Slutty Summer" (in which Casper also starred in along with fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant Jesse Archer).
After a year of taking "Slutty Summer" to various GLBT Film Festivals around the country, Casper released it in theaters in 2005 and then towards the end of 2005, released it on DVD. That same year, Casper also premiered his short film "Mormor's Visit" at various film festivals where it won Audience Awards for Best Short in Chicago, Memphis, and Bern, Switzerland. In 2006, Casper produced and directed the short drama "Saying Goodbye" from his own script as well releasing his next feature, the multi-award winning "A Four Letter Word" (which he co-wrote with Jesse Archer). After opening in over 15 US Cities, "A Four Letter Word" saw it's DVD release in 2008. Casper's third feature, "Between Love and Goodbye" played in select US cities in 2008 and was released on DVD in 2009. In addition to releasing "Between Love and Goodbye" on DVD in 2009, Casper co-directed "The Big Gay Musical" (which starred fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participants Kate Pazakis, Marty Thomas, and Liz McCartney and was produced by fellow participant Tom D'Angora).
Casper's latest films "Violet Tendencies" (written by Jesse Archer and starred Jesse and Casper along with Mindy Cohn from "The Facts of Life") is arriving on DVD May 24 after a theatrical release in 2010 and "Going Down in LA LA Land" is currently making it's rounds at various film festivals around the world. For much more on Casper be sure to visit http://www.casperandreas.com!
"Going Down in LA LA Land" will be at the following film festivals:
May 12: The Rainbow Film Festival in Honolulu OPENING NIGHT (Star Matthew Ludwinski & co-star Alec Mapa to attend)
May 25-31: Mix Milano Film Festival, Italy.
June 2-4: QCinema, Fort Worth (Andreas to attend)
June 4: Connecticut Gay Film Festival CLOSING NIGHT (Andreas to attend)
June 11-18: Tel Aviv GLBT Film
June 25: Frameline Film Festival, San Francisco (Stars Matthew Ludwinski and Allison Lane to attend)
July 18: Qfest Philadelphia, CLOSING NIGHT (Andreas to attend)
August 17 & 20: Out on Screen Film Festival, Vancouver (Andreas to attend Aug 17 screening)
Aug 19: FilmOut San Diego OPENING NIGHT (Andreas + Cast to attend)
1. Who or what inspired to be a performer/director/writer/producer? I've always loved storytelling. As a kid I used to make up stories all the time, and for a long time I thought I was going to be a writer. Then I discovered acting. I moved to New York to attend acting school, and for many years I was pursuing acting in New York and Los Angeles. I found, however, that the career of an actor isn’t terribly rewarding in a creative way. As an actor you are spending most of your time looking for work and very little of it actually acting. And though I did play some great roles on the stage (Romeo and Hamlet stand out), most parts I got in movies and on TV were bit roles that didn’t really allow me to “act” much. So I wrote a screenplay for me to star in. In the process, I re-discovered how much I loved writing and seeing the scenes I wrote playing out in my head I thought I really have to direct this! After trying for a while to get someone else to produce my script, I decided the best way to get it done was to do it myself. So I started teaching myself about independent filmmaking, produced and directed a couple of shorts, made my first feature (which I did star in), and then a few years and a couple of movies later, I directed that first script of mine, “Between Love & Goodbye,” though at that point I no longer wanted to act in it.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are so many great people I would LOVE to work with! As an actor I would love to be in a Chris Nolan film or to be directed by Baz Luhrmann. One of my favorite actresses is Kate Winslet. I had a small role as a policeman in “Little Children," which she starred in. I would love to act with her for real some time, or direct her in a film.
3. What attracted you to "Violet Tendencies"? The script that Jesse Archer wrote. I had worked with Jesse a couple of times prior. I hired him to play one of the roles in my first film, “Slutty Summer,” and then we wrote “A Four Letter Word” together, which he stars in. When Jesse wanted to spin off some of the characters from those films and center the story around a fag hag, I wasn’t really feeling it at first. I told him to go ahead and write the script by himself and if it was any good I’d direct it. Well that pissed him off of course, but he did go off to write a brilliant script. It’s such a sweet story about this woman Violet and her circle of gay friends, and after reading it, I begged Jesse to let me do it.
4. How did you come up with the idea for "Going Down in LA La Land"? The film is based on the novel by the same name by Andy Zeffer, who in turn based the story on his own experiences being a struggling actor in LA and getting into porn and prostitution. Well I thought it was a great story and thought it would make a very interesting film. Mostly I was interested in it because I wanted to explore why someone would make those choices that the lead character Adam makes. I mean–how could he possibly think this was a good path to go down if he wanted to be an actor? I also thought it was a very interesting story because of the crazy celebrity-obsessed culture we currently live in where so many people will do anything to gain notoriety and fame.
5. What is your favorite part of the creative process/rehearsal process? I like all of the creative aspects of making a film. The writing, rehearsing with the actors, coming up with interesting ways to shoot a scene, the actual work with the actors on set, and the editing when you put it all together. It’s the whole producing, fundraising, begging, distribution, promoting part of indie filmmaking I could do without. So I’m actually planning to take a break from producing for a while and actively look to get hired as a director. Anyone?
6. When you are performing, where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? I guess I would have to say my apartment. But one really fun thing we were encouraged to do in acting school, was to walk around in public and interact with people as the character we were working on. So much fun!
7. What do you get from filmmaking that you don't get from performing? The ability to call the shots on my career. As an independent filmmaker I make all the decisions about what I’m working on, and how, when and where things will be done. I love it. But then I also love to go to the set as an actor and not worry about a thing, but just do what I’m told, eat lots of tasty food, and hang out and relax in my trailer while waiting for my scene to come up.
8. Favorite way to stay in shape? Well I work out at the gym. The last couple of months I had a personal trainer who incorporated a lot of martial art movements in our seasons and that has been so much fun. I’m thinking of starting to take actual martial arts classes.
9. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs. I hate boxers actually.
10. Favorite website? It’s sad but I would have to say Facebook. You get all the gossip on your friends, plus all the latest news, as you know someone will want to be the first to post when a terrorist leader has been shot or a drag race has been won.
11. Superman or Wonder Woman? Hmm. I grew up in Sweden, so I never really watched Wonder Woman. Superman, of course, was everywhere. And with Henry Cavill being the new Superman I would have to say Superman. Can’t wait actually for the new movie!
12. What's the best advice you've ever received? You know I remember hearing someone saying when I was very young that the best way to get what you want is to ask for it. So I have kind of been living by that and I find it to be true. And when I get a 'no' for an answer, that usually makes me even more determined to go after what I want.
13. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? There is only one right answer to this question. My boyfriend Ryan. And I often do.