Born and raised near Chicago, Xan Aranda is a Los Angeles-based Emmy nominated filmmaker and showrunner of a forthcoming Netflix series. Her work spans a range of fiction and documentary film, television, branded content, commercials, music videos, and more. With Mark and Jay Duplass, Xan developed and served as an Executive Producer of HBO’s ROOM 104, where episodes she created and shepherded received accolades from The Hollywood Reporter (Ten Favorite Episodes of 2017), The New York Times (Memorable TV Episodes of 2017), and Vox (Best 35 Episodes of 2017). Xan’s Emmy nomination was for Transparent’s THIS IS ME, a collection of short films on Amazon, for which she served as Producer and Co-Executive Producer. She co-produced BLUE JAY, starring Sarah Paulson, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and sold to Netflix. After its world premiere at New York Film Festival and Lincoln Center, Xan’s directorial debut ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR screened in more than 90 festivals, and took home nine awards. The music videos Xan directed for Grammy-nominee Neko Case are positively reviewed and aggregated by Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, Pitchfork, Paste, StereoGum, and numerous others. Xan is a producer of the award-winning Kartemquin Films (MINDING THE GAP, HOOP DREAMS) release MILKING THE RHINO, which filmed in Kenya and Namibia and screened on five continents. Also with Kartemquin, she served as Outreach Director for PRISONER OF HER PAST, directed by Gordon Quinn. “There is no ‘foot in the door.’ You’re the door.” Xan is a popular featured speaker on a wide range of topics. She’s been the guest of SXSW, Nike, HBO, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Film Independent and more.