Bio

Andrea Weiss is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker and nonfiction author.  She is the co-writer/director of Escape To Life, a feature documentary about the lives of Erika and Klaus Mann, which premiered in the Berlin and Rotterdam Film Festivals, followed by a wide European theatrical and television release. Her other film credits include Recall Florida, I Live At Ground Zero, Seed Of Sarah, Paris Was A Woman, A Bit Of Scarlet, Before Stonewall (for which she won an Emmy Award), Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin’ Women, and International Sweethearts Of Rhythm which premiered in the New York Film Festival. With her graduate students at the City College of New York, she produced the feature documentary, U.N. Fever, which premiered in the Global Peace Film Festival.  

Andrea Weiss’ book Paris Was A Woman, on which her documentary film of the same name is based, was published by Harper Collins in 1995 and re-issued in 2013 by Counterpoint Press.  It has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Korean, Croatian, and Japanese, and is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award.  Vampires And Violets: Lesbians in Film (Penguin, 1993), continues to be excerpted widely in film studies and women studies textbooks, and has been published in translation in Germany and Slovenia.  Her most recent book, In The Shadow Of The Magic Mountain: The Erika And Klaus Mann Story (University of Chicago Press, 2008), has been translated into German and Swedish, and is the winner of the Publishing Triangle Award.

 

Weiss has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She was Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida, and the D.A.A.D. Artist Program in Berlin.  Since 2003, she is Professor of Film/Video at the City College of New York.  Weiss holds a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University, which awarded her the Distinguished Alumni Award. She is also a recent Fulbright Scholar Award recipient, and spent Spring and Summer 2015 in Barcelona, producing a documentary film on the historical memory movement in Spain.

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