Andy Abrahams Wilson


Producer/Director/Cinematographer

A gifted filmmaker who has the courage to address challenging issues in depth and with integrity. His work is infused with creativity and executed with exquisite craftsmanship.
— Susan Folkman, PhD, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
Wilson’s camera is sensitive yet unflinching... a subtle and powerful effectiveness.
— Ian Buckwalter, DCist

BIOGRAPHY

Founder of Open Eye Pictures, Andy serves as the company's Executive Director and Senior Producer. He is a multi-award winning, Oscar shortlisted maker of creative non-fiction films. After enrolling in the Medill School of Journalism, Andy received a BA in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University and an MAVA (visual anthropology) from the University of Southern California, where he also studied at the School of Cinema. Andy's approach emphasizes the moving image as a way to bridge disparate parts, peoples and ideas. While his work takes on controversial themes, he uses the filmmaking process as an opportunity to encourage empathy and identification. His most recent production ALFREDO'S FIRE (IL FUOCO DI ALFREDO) premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and received a CINE Best Independent Documentary jury award. His ITVS-funded film THE GROVE was broadcast nationally on PBS and was awarded Best Documentary at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Released theatrically, his acclaimed film UNDER OUR SKIN is the recipient of seven best documentary awards at international film festivals and was an Academy Award semifinalist for Best Documentary Feature. The sequel, UNDER OUR SKIN 2: EMERGENCE has been a DVD best seller since its release. Andy's previous films have garnered numerous awards, including a national Emmy nomination, and been shown on HBO, PBS, CBC, the Showtime Networks, and in theaters and film festivals worldwide. A recipient of a Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship in Dance/Media, he is the two-time Grand Prize recipient at the Dance on Camera Film Festival. Andy is a former budget director of the film distribution cooperative New Day Films and member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has received numerous foundation grants, including the California Council for the Humanities, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Laurance Rockefeller Foundation, the Columbia Foundation, the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Educational Foundation of America. He has been recognized by the Northern California Marin Arts Council as Outstanding Artist, and by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with honors for Outstanding Documentary Achievement. In addition to making films, Wilson also teaches a yearly workshop on "Intimacy & Exposure: The Alchemy of Photography" at the renowned Esalen Institute.

HONORS

  • Academy Award Semifinalist, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • National Emmy Award Nomination, National Association of Television Arts & Sciences
  • Outstanding Documentary Achievement, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Outstanding Artist Award, Marin Arts Council
  • Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship, UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance
  • Certificate of Distinguished Achievement, International Documentary Association
  • CINE Best Documentary & Golden Eagle Awards
  • Best Cinematography, National Health & Medical Media Awards
  • Visionary Award, Turn the Corner Foundation

FILMOGRAPHY