Philip Andelman


Before music-video director Philip Andelman won a grant from Martin Scorsese and filmed tour documentaries for Lenny Kravitz, he was just a little guy growing up in Belgrade, Paris and New York City, who photo assisted for Annie Leibovitz and gigged as a tour photographer for the Grateful Dead. After that startlingly precocious adolescence, Andelman nabbed a film degree from NYU and hit up Los Angeles to shop what he claims was "the worst script ever written." Sometimes all the famous names in the world can't help -- he couldn't even get a meeting. The next few years, though, offered some nice breaks: A chance encounter with director Joseph Kahn took Andelman from production assistant to second unit director/cinematographer in the space of a month, and then his friend Mark Seliger (it really helps to know Annie Leibovitz, OK?) referred him for a job shooting Lenny Kravitz on tour. Things broke wide last year when Andelman signed on for four videos with Kravitz. The stunning results -- which include "Lady," a bombastic, Busby Berkeley-meets-Bob Fosse affair and "Where Are We Runnin',"a hedonistic vision of cock-star excess -- got him farther than ever. Now, the 27-year-old can balance his biggies with small projects for people he adores, like his animated video for beguiling French chanteuse Keren Ann (budget: $5,000). After all this already, does Andelman have a dream job in mind? "I want to do a Philip Glass music video very badly," he says. "And something with Phil Lesh. And Phil, the drummer from Radiohead, too. Anybody who's named Philip who's doing well can give me a call." These jokes aside, it might not be such a bad idea if they did.

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