Andrew Repasky McElhinney  

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Andrew Repasky McElhinney is an American film producer born in Philadelphia in 1979. He grew up in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania and lived in Manhattan in New York City in the late 1990s while earning an English literature / Cultural studies degree from The New School for Social Research before returning to his home city in 2000.

McElhinney is also a film programmer who runs Andrew's Video Vault at the Rotunda sponsored by The University of Pennsylvania. He is also a multimedia video installation performance artist specializing in Burlesque/Nude and Cabaret. He has also contributed articles to such publications as the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Ritz Filmbill.

Early works

In 1994, while in High School at Abington Friends, he formed "ARMcinema25.com", a company devoted to producing avant-garde movies.

In 1994, McElhinney released the short films, The Scream and Her Father’s Expectancy. A baroque tale of incest and mutilation, Her Father’s Expectancy caused controversy upon its release.

In 1995, McElhinney made a silent musical entitled A Maggot Tango.

Feature films

McElhinney’s first feature Magdalen was mostly well-reviewed in 1998 for its black and white camerawork from cinematographer Abe Holtz and its cast lead by Alix D. Smith.

In 2000, McElhinney’ sophomore feature was released. It was an 1807 period thriller A Chronicle of Corpses starring soap opera diva Marj Dusay. Jeremiah Kipp of Filmcritic.com gave A Chronicle of Corpses four stars and remarked: "What's most impressive about McElhinney's highbrow period film is its ability to satisfy snobbish cultural aesthetes while simultaneously fulfilling slasher film conventions. . . . Think of it as a caveat to those who secretly wished that Jack Nicholson (in wild-eyed mode from The Shining) had wandered into The Remains of the Day wielding a mallet. [A Chronicle of Corpses is] the art film from hell."

His next film was Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye released in 2003. Dennis Harvey, reviewing Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye in Variety said the film was "A punk-pornocopia equivalent to Last Year at Marienbad.".

McElhinney's fourth feature film, Animal Husbandry (2008) is a word-for-word modern dress production of a romantic comedy from the 1930s with the subtext reexamined to explore issues of race, class gender/sexual identity in contemporary America.




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