Formerly Head of Film at the IMAX Corporation, Andy pioneered the development of dramatic, narrative filmmaking in the 1570 IMAX format in both 2D and 3D earning worldwide recognition for his accomplishments in the Giant Screen industry. He wrote, produced or Executive produced numerous IMAX films including T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous, Spacestation 3D, China: The Panda Adventure, The IMAX Nutcracker, and The Hidden Dimension, and the documentaries Galapagos, and Mission to Mir. He managed the Company’s relationships with NatGeo, Discovery, The Smithsonian, Mandalay Pictures, Lockheed-Martin, NASA, NSF, and the 120 worldwide museums, aquariums, and zoos housing IMAX theaters.
Working for Sony Pictures and New Technologies he helped steer the company into IMAX filmmaking and wrote and produced the highly acclaimed IMAX destination film Across the Sea of Time: NY3D for the flagship IMAX theater at Lincoln Square.
It was in his role as production SVP at Cinema Group that Andy got his first taste of IMAX. He supervised production of the 1570 IMAX documentary film Niagara: Miracles, Myths & Magic and then co-wrote and produced the destination film, Hidden Hawaii for the Honolulu IMAX Theater.
Gellis was the Inaugural Chairman of the non-profit Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and former President of the Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA) before merging it to form the GSCA. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and serves on the Executive Board of the Shorts and Animation Branch.
As head of Cinevest/Andrew Gellis Productions, he has written and developed film projects in all formats for a wide variety of studios and production entities. He has regularly provided consultation services to industry professionals and Wall Street financial firms regarding many aspects of the film industry. He was an Executive Producer of Grandview, USA, a CBS Theatrical Production/Warner Bros release, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Swayze, and C. Thomas Howell. In addition, he was a production executive at CBS Films, Inc., and a studio-based producer at 20th Century Fox.
A graduate of Harvard, Andy began his career in the newsroom at WCBS-TV in New York City before becoming a talent agent. He represented actors, writers, and directors for film, television, and stage and was responsible for discovering and nurturing such Broadway shows as The 1940’s Radio Hour, and the Tony Award winning shows Agnes of God and Torch Song Trilogy.