on sabbatical 2015/16
Andrew Freiband is a filmmaker, writer, artist and teacher who works in feature films, documentary, television, exhibition design and fine art production. He co-produced (and was director of photography on) I Learn America, a feature documentary set in a New York City high school for new immigrants, with directors Gitte Peng and Jean-Michel Dissard. The film premiered at AFIDocs in 2013 and has since been screened at dozens of festivals around the world. It was also selected by the US State Department for its American Film Showcase, and by the New York City Department of Education, which developed a viewing guide and now distributes the film to every school in New York City.
As a director, producer, cameraman and technician, Freiband has helped produce content for every imaginable outlet around the world, from the BBC to Arte, HBO, Miramax, the Discovery Channel and CNN. In addition to teaching at RISD, he has taught at SVA in New York City, worked as a visual communications trainer for USAID in Ghana, been a visiting faculty member at CineInstitute in Haiti and conducted workshops from Malawi to Bangladesh. Most recently he has been serving as a media producer and consultant for USAID (US Agency for International Development), developing new forms of research into humanitarian problem-solving utilizing narrative tools.
Freiband is also an active multimedia artist, creating artwork that has been exhibited around the US and in group shows internationally. He has created work for the National Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian, the New York Historical Society and numerous other museums and educational institutions, where his video, immersive audio and installation projects have helped communicate complex experiences to large audiences. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.