Founder of Open Eye Pictures, Andy is a multi-award winning, Oscar shortlisted and Emmy nominated maker of creative non-fiction films. After enrolling in the Medill School of Journalism, Andy received a BA in cultural anthropology from Northwestern and an MA in visual anthropology from the University of Southern California where he also studied at the School of Cinema. His 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. The 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 was the recipient of seven best documentary awards at international film festivals and was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The sequel, UNDER OUR SKIN 2: EMERGENCE received top honors from the National Health Information Association. 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 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, Andy serves on the board of directors of the Jewish Film Institute and teaches a yearly workshop on "Intimacy & Exposure: The Alchemy of Photography" at the renowned Esalen Institute.
Films by Andy Abrahams Wilson
What can a grandchild and grandparent discover through each other? As the filmmaker journeys to Florida to visit his feisty, 87-year old Jewish grandmother, tags along on her event-filled trips to the supermarket, and talks with her heart to heart about love, death, and his being gay, their two worlds collide and the strength of their bond emerges. A spirited reflection on aging, identity, alienation and acceptance, this already classic film examines the legacies passed through generations and shows that the journey of self- discovery can begin at any age.
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It is not easy to portray beauty in the dying process, or inspiration amidst terrible loss. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers succeeds in rendering the death of a partner a powerful elegy of hope and transcendence.This contemplative film examines issues of caregiving for a dying partner and the anticipation of one's own death. It looks at illness and bereavement as possibilities for creative expression, and for emotional and spiritual transformation. Through his powerful poetry, paintings, and testimony, Beau Riley draws a portrait of grief and healing between two people, each disabled in his own way: David, born a paraplegic; and Beau, a recovering alcoholic. The film is less a tragic story than a triumphant tribute to living life fully -- with mindfulness, compassion, and creativity -- suggesting what can survive great loss and transcend even death. For more information about this film and the filmmaker, visit the Open Eye Pictures website at openeyepictures.com.