I wrote and directed this video on behalf of public affairs consultancy, APCO Worldwide. This special Ukrainian painting is a fitting backdrop to APCO's new year global message of peace, and celebrates extraordinary people everywhere who are working to make the world a more beautiful place. It was shot in early December, 2022, by a distinguished artist and a small team in Lviv, Ukraine, despite constant threat and power outages. It features a decorative style of painting, called Petrykivka, which is recognized by UNESCO as representative of Ukraine's unique cultural heritage and humanity. This is the first in a series of videos I'll do for APCO throughout the coming year that focuses on different cultures and traditions, especially among those people who are going through profound challenges and change.

I created this holiday video from a compilation of video clips submitted by various APCO Worldwide offices around the globe. I gave everyone some general direction about the kind of shots we were interested in and would be in keeping with the concept of the video. The theme is about welcoming people to APCO and the new year... "Over the last year, we've welcomed you into our homes, cafes and back into our offices all over the world. This video celebrates that journey and invites you to come along."

I made this for my client as a little thank you. Just for fun. Though it also captures a little of what many of us have been doing during a remarkable period of time, the Covid-19 quarantine.

On December 20, 2020, Iryna and Andy hiked into the mountains near Bend, Oregon to get married. It was 3 years and 104 days after we first met. I shot and edited this all myself using three cameras, tripods and lav mics. It turned out to be a pretty stressful thing to pull off with daylight fading fast, the rain starting, and a long hike back out in the darkness. Technical mistakes aside, we're pretty happy with how it turned out.

2600 MILES IN 4 MINUTES: A time-lapse of Andy's Pacific Crest Trail hike
In 2013, I completed a 2660 mile long solo hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, going from the Mexican border to Canada through the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington. Along the way, I took a photo of myself on the trail at exactly every single mile over the course of 5 months. I lost 50lbs in the process. Using those pictures, I created this time-lapse video of my journey that has been seen millions of times. Music is Into the Journey, by Martin Sexton

Learn more about the hike here >

DESERT NEW YEAR - January 2013
16mm film footage shot while camping in "Slab City" during a road trip through the California desert over the holidays. There's a minute or so at the end of some good friends in Los Angeles on New Years Day. Music is by Noah and the Whale, and Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard

This was my first attempt experimenting with a 16mm motion picture camera, and the mistakes are well evident. You get a pretty good idea though of what autumn life is like in my old Green Lake neighborhood. It features my dad and Sue, my dog, Wesley, and Jamie Tidwell, the gal behind the counter and singer of the Christmas Waltz.

COLD WATER - January 2012
16mm motion picture film footage shot during a ferry boat ride from Port Angeles, Washington to Victoria and the BC Gulf Islands. Music by Damian Rice.

A SKATE IN THE PARK - January 2011
After continuing my drive up the Great River Road (or my rather aimless version of it), I have been enjoying a couple days in St. Louis. Prior to this trip, the city's only impression on me was the beautiful arch that Wes and I sat beneath 10 years ago. This time it's about a nice evening at an outdoor rink in Forest Park. The music is by Sondre Lerche.

THE INTERVIEW - January 2008
This is a story about a walk from my house to a job interview with Second Story, a design firm I aspired to work with. It's the kind of walk where your mind wanders in and out of sync with your surroundings. Shot in NE Portland over a December weekend in 2007. It's rather crudly edited as I accepted a job offer from a different firm before this could be properly finished and the moment passed. Still, it's a really nice memory of that time and my home there. Special thanks to Lisa, my dog, Wesley, and Matt Barber.

Four good friends hit the road from my house in Portland, Maine up to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia during the last week in May, 2007. Starring BJ, Matt, Lisa and Andy. We shot all the footage on an old Bolex 16mm motion picture camera, though I didn't get around to doing a quick cut of it until a few years later. The music is from Dar Williams, Patty Griffin and Natalie MacMaster.

Three friends converged on the Lucky Goat Farm in upstate New York before embarking on a four day canoe trip around a few lakes in the upper Adirondack Mountains. This little movie stars Eric (the planner), David (the provocateur), and Andy (the photographer). Music by Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard, Martin Sexton, Bon Iver, and Ryan Adams.