Andrea Torrice is an award-winning filmmaker and media producer whose work spans a range of contemporary issues. Her company Torrice Media, was founded in 2000 and has produced videos, websites and media campaign materials for a range of clients, including foundations, museums, public television, educational institutions, non-profits and government agencies.
Using the power of personal stories, Torrice works in partnership with clients to create media that informs, sparks dialog and promotes mutual understanding.
Her latest public television documentary and community engagement project, TREES IN TROUBLE, explores the threats that invasive pests pose to America’s trees. The film won first prize at the International Film Festival of the Forest and was featured at the United Nations Urban Forestry conference in 2018. It has been screened by more than 100 community groups across the country and featured at a congressional hearing on US forest health.
Her other award-winning public television and educational productions include: THE LINCOLN SCHOOL STORY (2017), which chronicles the struggle for school integration in Ohio in the 1950s. THE NEW METROPOLIS (2010), a two-part PBS documentary series, website and publication project, explores race and the impacts of suburban sprawl on older communities. Torrice also directed PBS station-community town halls, involving flagship stations and community organizations. More than 120 community screening events were held around the country (2008-2012).
Her documentary film, RISING WATERS (2001,2004), which examines the global climate crisis through stories from Pacific Islanders, was featured at the 2004 United Nations Earth Summit. The film was also broadcast in 110 countries and on National Geographic TV.
Torrice 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 examines 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, WOMEN OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM, tells the story of women painters and is part of a traveling museum exhibition.
Torrice’s work has been supported by many foundations: Ford, Annie. E. Casey, Surdna, William Penn, Gund, the Ohio Humanities, Ohio Arts Council, The TREE Fund and other foundations, as well as by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Independent Television Service. She has also won a CPB Gold Award in Community Programming.
Torrice is a frequent guest speaker on the issues related to her projects. Her appearances include NPR, the American Museum of Natural History, the Kennedy Center, the Holocaust Museum, the Brookings Institute, the Underground Railroad, as well as at chambers of commerce, libraries, universities and schools.
Torrice began her career at KQED-TV, San Francisco’s PBS station, as a producer in the Current and Cultural Affairs departments. She has an MFA in Video from the University of Cincinnati and currently lives in Oakland, California.