Andrew Yorke Wins Best Picture at Sight of Sound 2014
The Dallas Chamber Symphony is pleased to announce that Dallas-based filmmaker Andrew Yorke has received the Best Picture Award at the DCS’s First Annual Sight of Sound International Film Competition. Earlier in the year, the Dallas Chamber Symphony called on all types of filmmakers from around the world to create new, short, silent films for selections of classical music. For the DCS’s season finale on Tuesday, April 29, three finalist films were screened as the Symphony performed live-to-film.
The Sight of Sound International Film Competition represents another first for both the Dallas Chamber Symphony and for fine arts in North Texas. The organization has become renowned in the area for its innovative concerts which pair classic silent movies to newly commissioned musical scores. Sight of Sound – which explores the opposite of this creative cinematic process – is also the first event of its kind in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The jury panel for this year’s event consisted of Brian Satterwhite, professional film composer; Dean Terry, media artist and educator; and Barbara Vance, award-winning author, illustrator and educator. The panel selected Andrew Yorke’s film, “Daydreaming at Midnight” as the grand prize winner. Additional finalists were Tosca Langbert and Montserrat Martinez.
Andrew Yorke displayed a natural talent for the arts as a young child, writing his first play at the age of five. Approaching his early teens, he had learned several instruments and written several short stories, short movie scripts, and a comic strip. By the time he was twelve years old, Yorke began studying film with bi-weekly trips to libraries and video stores. With the end of his high school career, he had taken his interest to the next level, generating a small library of his own experimental shorts. College provided opportunities to conduct research in cinema, media theory, and music production. At the University of Oklahoma, Yorke and several other students formed the band Mediadroid, which recorded and produced an ambient EP entitled ‘Darfur’, with sales proceeds going to UNICEF. The band produced one more full-length album and an EP before disbanding in 2006.
After transferring to Austin College to further hone his skill set, Yorke co-wrote and directed the comedic short “Finding the Truth: The Making of a Classic”, along with several other shorts, which raised the profile of the media department and led directly to the institution’s significant investment in HD technology. In addition, Yorke worked closely with Glen Shenk at Video Post and Transfer, capturing, processing, and transferring a variety of films to various formats.
Yorke’s final college project, “The Janterm Diaries”, chronicles his experiences with a group of classmates on a month-long journey through Eastern Europe. The fourth short in the series, “Chernobyl”, was acclaimed for its personal, introspective look at the abandoned city and the people who once lived there. It is still screened for students at Austin College today.
Graduating with full honors, he was hired by Austin College to spearhead the New Media Department, where Yorke produced and directed several promotional videos for the college. In 2008, Yorke and his colleague Kevin Michael co-founded Xteamartists as an independent media house. Their first project was the emotionally jarring, feature-length picture “Videotape”. Along with co-writing the story, directing, and exploring nearly every facet of production, Yorke revisited his musical training to compose much of the original score. Following that, he edited and starred in the short film ‘Bored Games’, commissioned by the Sherman Arts Festival.
In addition to filmmaking, Yorke has published three books through Xteamartists. The first, “Sharon Tate”, written with the cooperation of the late actress’s sister Debra, was published on what would have been Sharon’s 69th birthday. “Waiting for Love at Airports” was published six months later. Both reached the top of the Amazon free e-book charts at numerous times in 2012. After a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, Yorke’s latest novella “Runaway Empire” was published in March 2014, with a portion of the net proceeds going to the non-profit organization Sandy Hook Promise. He has since begun work with Kevin Michael adapting the novella to screen, and is set to direct as his next full-length motion picture.