Francesca Andre is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and writer known for creating richly emotional work that tackles the complexities of life. Through her camera lens, Andre invites you to a world full of beauty, color, passion, and triumph.
Andre is the co-founder and creative director of Optik 21, a creative agency offering high-quality photography and video services. She has been a freelance photographer since 2008, and her work has been published in outlets such as Forbes, the New York Post, New York Daily News, News Day, Connecticut Post, Daily Mail, Black Enterprise and Ebony Magazine. In 2017, she released her award-winning short film, Charcoal, which captures the stories of two black women as they embark on a lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance, and ultimately find redemption. The film, which has been screened at several US and International film festivals, was also featured and reviewed by outlets including, but not limited to Essence, ThinkProgress, Ebony Magazine and Connecticut Post. In 2018, Francesca Andre was named one of “40 under 40” high achievers by Connecticut Magazine.
Francesca has a Masters in Film and Television from Sacred Heart University. Andre is the author of “I am a Phenomenal Black Boy”, a groundbreaking children's book that defies societal stereotypes by centering black boys as heroes of their own stories. It encourages young black boys to be unapologetic about their identity, magic, history and brilliance through its prose and poetry, and highlights the contributions that powerful black male and female figures have made to humanity. She serves on the Board of Sacred Heart University Board of Visitors and a member of For(bes) the Culture
She is married to Gustavo Azael Torres and the proud mother of their son Limye.
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