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Francesca Andre

Award-winning filmmaker and Photographer Francesca Andre is known for creating rich and opulent work, tackling the complexities of life. Through a beautiful lens she invites you to a world of color. Full of passion and triumph.


She is now the co-founder, creative director and producer at Optik 21, a photo and video company. Her photography work has circulated in publications such as the New York Post, New York Daily News, News Day, Connecticut Post, Daily Mail, Ellements Magazine, Fairfield Living Magazine, Westport Magazine, Sheen Magazine, Afropunk, Global Voices, Heed magazine and Stamford Advocate to name a few.



Her most recent project to make it mainstream is the film Charcoal, a story about the journey of young black women as she battles the internalized effects of colorism. This film has been screened at the several US and International film festivals and reviewed by Essence Magazine, Think Progress, Shadow and ACT, the Daily Voice, Ebony Magazine and Connecticut Post to name a few.


Francesca has a masters in film and television from Sacred Heart university and currently resides in Connecticut and Jersey City with her husband/creative partner, Gustavo Azael Torres and their lovely dog Soley July Torres.


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