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Mary Jo Andres (May 21, 1954 – January 6, 2019) was an American filmmaker, choreographer and artist.

Jo Andres
Mary Jo Andres

(1954-05-21)May 21, 1954
DiedJanuary 6, 2019(2019-01-06) (aged 64)
OccupationFilmmaker, choreographer, artist
Years active1992–2019
Steve Buscemi
(m. 1987; her death 2019)

Andres was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1954.[1] She first became known on the kinetic downtown New York performance scene of the 1980s for her film/dance/light performances, shown at the Performing Garage, La Mama Experimental Theater Club P.S. 122, St. Marks Danspace, and the Collective for Living Cinema.[2] As a filmmaker, Andres drew acclaim and awards for the 1996 film Black Kites which aired on PBS and played several film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, London and Human Rights Watch Film Festivals.[3] Andres directed music and art videos, as well as her own film performance works. Andres was a dance consultant to the acclaimed Wooster Group.

She was an artist in residence at leading universities, museums and art colonies, including Yaddo, and The Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. Andres created a series of cyanotype photographs which can be seen on her website.[4][5]

She married actor Steve Buscemi in 1987; they had one son, Lucian, born in 1990.[6][7]

Andres died on January 6, 2019 at the age of 64, from encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis.[1] A private memorial service was held on January 8.[8]


  • 1992: What Happened to Pete (directed by Steve Buscemi) (editor)
  • 1996: Black Kites (director, editor, special effects director)
  • 1998: Piece of Cake (music video for Mimi Goese) (director)
  • 1998: The Impostors (choreographer)
  • 2000: Lillian Kiesler: On The Head Of A Pin (director)


  1. ^ a b Sandomir, Richard (January 16, 2019). "Jo Andres, Innovative Choreographer and Filmmaker, Dies at 64". The New York Times. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jo Andres". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on September 21, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "Jo Andres (1954–2019)". IMDb. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "This Is Beauty, Girls: Nine Cyanotypes by Jo Andres". Flavorpill. October 20, 2009. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Andres, Jo (2007). "Darkness & Delight cyanotypes". Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (December 14, 2010). "Michael C. Hall divorce has him alone among fellow Golden Globe nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Filmmaker Jo Andres, wife of actor Steve Buscemi, dies at 64". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. January 13, 2019. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Evans, Greg (January 12, 2019). "Jo Andres Dies: 'Black Kites' Filmmaker, Wife of Steve Buscemi was 64". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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