Francesca Andre is a filmmaker, photographer and producer with a masters in film and television from Sacred Heart University. 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. Francesca was nominated by Connecticut Magazine for 40 under 40. Her award winning short film, Charcoal has been screened at several US and International film festivals and reviewed by The New York Daily News, Essence Magazine, Think Progress, Shadow and ACT, the Daily Voice, Ebony Magazine and Connecticut Post to name a few. The film captures the stories of two black women, as they embark on a lifelong journey to overcome internalized colorism, find self-acceptance, and ultimately redemption.
What do I do best?
I am structured, organized and good at bringing people together. I also like when I help others reach their goals by holding them accountable.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I am very persistent- no matter how depressing and desperate things get, I still want to keep going.
What are my aspiration?
I want to make strong female centric narratives and documentaries that will inspire and uplift people. I would also love to teach young people how to use art to own their power and create their own space in this world.
Personal: One of my personal goals is to have a garden- lots of greens, avocado tree, mangoes. I basically would love to grow my own food. I used to feel more connected to the ground when I was growing up in Haiti, I lost that part of me when I moved here.
My Biggest Success?
Creating projects that I wanted to see and actively working on my personal journey towards healing.
My Most Challenging Moment?
Personal: When I lost my grandmother, I felt empty for a while. She was one of the few in my life who believed in me and taught me unconditional love.
Letting go of fear, leaving unhealthy situations and fully embracing this creative journey can be challenging.
Your voice/story matters! I have allowed others to suppress my voice for so long, I have even questioned it at times but now I realize that it has always been with me and has never misled me.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My grandmother, Inocia Lefranc. My godmother, Marie Antoine Andre who dared to be bold and different! Genuine people! I have a thing for honest people and those who dance to their own beat!
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Haiti- That’s where most of my dreams are from.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Castor oil and anything inspirational
My Current Passions?
● embarking a new health journey
● Working on a photo book project
● Film on depression