Born in Burbank, California, across the street from Disney Studios, NBC Studios and Forest Lawn Mortuary, Andy Moore grew up in a part of Los Angeles rife with film and TV production. He and a group of friends calling themselves The Tads presented several original marionette productions out of a cardboard theater in a garage. At age 12 they began producing a series of Super-8 “trick” films which, Andy learned later, were remarkably similar to the 19th Century films of Georges Méliès. In high school, Andy made his first “serious art” film, a structural/experimental account of the demolition of a metal mansion designed by Richard Neutra for Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich. Footage of the demolition was accompanied by a doleful and seemingly endless loop of As Time Goes By. Andy's fellow tenth-graders were bored stiff.
Andy’s keen interest in music included frustrating attempts to become a musician. Years of piano and zither lessons didn’t lead to a life of musical performance, just musical awe and appreciation. Things took a quantum leap when, at age 15, he tried stereo headphones for the first time and became enthralled with the art of music arranging and audio manipulation.
Later at UC San Diego Andy re-approached filmmaking in a more rigorous way, gaining inspiration from the films of Maya Deren, Michael Snow, Standish Lawder, Jon Jost, James Benning, Kenneth Anger, Pat O’Neill, Lewis Hock and many other giants of experimental/avant-garde cinema. His films became saturated with language, then later began to rely more on gesture and suggestion than explicit statement. Particularly concerned with the grammar of cinema and music, his films are a blend of structural and personal concerns.
Upon graduating from UC San Diego, Andy got a job at American Zoetrope in San Francisco working on the legendary 9-month soundtrack mix of Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now. At American Zoetrope Andy met his life partner Jack Walsh, they've been together 40 years, and they were co-guardians of a child who is now in college.
Andy has held many positions in nonprofit arts organizations as a business liaison, advertising director, educational film distributor, education coordinator and fellowship co-director, among others. He was also a writer and regional editor for Fodor’s Travel Publications and other travel book publishers for many years, as well as an award-winning freelance photographer.