Andrea Torrice is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with over 20 years experience, whose work spans a range of contemporary issues. Her films have been featured on PBS, National Geographic World Channel, HBO, European and Japanese Television, as well as in museums, educational institutions, government agencies, galleries and festivals.
In Winter of 2018, Trees in Trouble won first prize at the International Festival of the Forests, and screened at the United Nation’s conference on Urban Forestry in Mantova, Italy. In 2018, her short film Desolation Row, about the social justice struggles of a Reverend in Gary, Indiana, was selected as part of the Highway 61 show at the Micro Mini Cinema Festival in Cincinnati, OH. Her recent 2017 commissioned museum work includes The Lincoln School Story, a short documentary that chronicles the struggle for school integration in 1950s Ohio. It is currently touring at museums, schools, and festivals, including the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2017, she also produced Women of Abstract Expressionism, which tells the story of women painters and is part of a traveling national museum exhibition.
Her 2016 public television documentary Trees in Trouble explores the benefits and threats to America’s urban forests from invasive pests. It was featured at the 2016 Partners in Community Forestry Arbor Day Foundation national conference, and received a John Warder Award. Other national public television productions include: The New Metropolis, a two-part series which explores the revitalization challenges and opportunities facing America’s older first suburbs. She also oversaw the related civic engagement dialogues hosted by PBS affiliated stations and community organizations. Over 120 community screening events were held around the country, and Andrea coordinated and facilitated community conversations on fair growth, transportation and housing, and tax policies. Rising Waters, which examines the global warming debate through the personal stories of Pacific Islanders. It was featured at the 2004 United Nation’s Earth Summit, as well as broadcast in 110 countries and on National Geographic TV. She was the segment producer for the National PBS series Arab American Stories, which profiles a Jordanian family from Ohio. Some of her other award winning films include: Bad Chemistry, which discloses the hazards of low-level chemical exposures on human health; Large Dams, False Promises, which investigates the impacts of dam projects in Brazil and China; and Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda, which explores the historical factors contributing to the 1994 genocide. Another recent film, Art As Action, tells the story of women painters and is part of a traveling museum exhibition.
Her work has been supported by the Ford, Annie. E. Casey, Surdna, William Penn, Gund, The Ohio Humanities, The TREE Fund and other foundations, as well as by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Independent Television Service, and the Ohio Arts Council. She is also the recipient of a CPB Gold Award in Community Programming.
Torrice is a frequent guest speaker on the issues related to her films. Recently she was the featured speaker for Women in Media—Making a Difference for the Soroptomists of America, East Bay, Northern California Chapter. Currently she is the owner of Torrice Media, which specializes in high impact visual storytelling. She has produced a range of award-winning video programs and articles for museums, universities, educational institutions, municipal governments and nonprofit organizations.
Her career started almost 25 years ago at San Francisco’s PBS affiliate, KQED-TV, as a producer for the station’s Current and Cultural Affairs departments. She currently works in Oakland, California, where she lives with her husband and son.
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