Andrea Leland is an independent filmmaker and artist. She has produced and directed award-winning documentaries focusing on Caribbean cultures. In Haiti, Belize, Chiapas, and several Caribbean islands, she works collaboratively with community members providing a forum to voice their untold stories, personal challenges, and compelling triumphs. Her documentaries are successful tools for cultural preservation. These films have won numerous awards and have screened at museums, conferences, and festivals throughout Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Andrea is a member of New Day Films, a social issue self-distribution cooperative. She is the co-founder of the St. John Film Society, which presents independent films free to the public on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Residing in the Caribbean and California, she has seen first-hand the urgency of creating videos as a call to action for understanding the enormity of our ocean’s environmental crisis.