Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj | BORROWED TIME

Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj | BORROWED TIME

Tune in Tuesday, January 31, as KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon, featuring special guests Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, the creative team behind the Oscar nominated animated short film BORROWED TIME.  In BORROWED TIME a weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on. To date, the film has played in over 50 festivals, won over 15 awards and received over 8 million views as a Vimeo “Staff Pick.”

Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM and streaming at

Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj Center Stage
Born in Peru of Colombian and Scottish parents, Andrew grew up around the world before settling in the US at the age of 16. Meanwhile, Lou’s childhood took root in the culturally rich suburbs of exotic southern New Jersey. Despite their disparate upbringings, their shared passions for fine arts and film led both Andrew and Lou to study Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. It was here that they first met, and learned they could combine those passions into the most rewarding of art forms: animation. Kindred spirits in their love for bringing things to life one frame at a time, they both worked on each other’s shorts during school, and vowed to someday make a film together when the time was right.

Lou enjoyed the next 8 years at Pixar as a Character Artist on WALL•E, Toy Story 3, Partly Cloudy, Day & Night, Brave, Toy Story That Time Forgot, and The Good Dinosaur. For the first 3 years, he and Andrew stayed in close contact while Andrew rose through the ranks at Blue Sky Studios, animating on Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and finally serving as a Character Lead on Rio. Andrew then joined Pixar in 2010 where he has animated on Cars 2, Brave, Toy Story OF TERROR!, Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur.

Reuniting at Pixar rekindled the spark to create something together. During their spare time over the past 5 years they have been learning, growing, failing, picking each other up and ultimately crafting their directorial debut, BORROWED TIME.