ANDREA NEVINS: DIRECTOR WRITER PRODUCER
MORE ABOUT ANDREA NEVINS
From her earliest days as a storyteller, Andrea Nevins has searched for subjects that illuminate the better side of humanity. This site explores her work and career highlights, as well as information about awards, media coverage, and contact details.
Her love for documentary storytelling began as a passion for poetry and photography in high school in New York City. It grew to encompass a love for crafting stories in every medium, from newspaper journalism in the rural South, to radio at NPR in Washington, DC, to documentary specials for Peter Jennings at ABC News in New York, to independent documentary filmmaking in Los Angeles.
Nevins is a member of the Directors Guild of America as well as of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and Film Fatales.
Andrea Blaugrund Nevins is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy award-winning director, producer and writer. Her keen interest in lives in transition led her to chronicle retired dancers given a late-in-life chance to perform. Still Kicking, her first independent documentary, earned her the Academy Award nomination. Her first feature-length documentary, The Other F Word, about anti-authoritarian punk rockers donning the cloak of paternal authority, premiered at SXSW and won quick theatrical distribution by Oscilloscope and network broadcast on Showtime. In examining the huge transitions NFL football players make from superstardom to relative invisibility, she directed the 2014 season-opener for Peter Berg’s HBO series, “State of Play.” Entitled Happiness, it follows NFL greats Brett Favre, Tiki Barber, and Wayne Chrebet as they transition to second chapters. Her feature Play It Forward grew out of this work. It follows NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and his brother, Chris, at mid-life as their dreams and sacrifices for NFL glory collide. This film was selected to open 2015’s ESPN/Tribeca Film Festival, and was featured on Showtime. It was also selected by the U.S. Department of State as part of its film diplomacy program, American Film Showcase. Critically acclaimed Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie, a Hulu Original Documentary which premiered in April 2018 at Tribeca Film Festival, Hot Docs and on Hulu, is a funny, revealing documentary exploring 60 years of popular culture through the lens of an 11.5 inch plastic female avatar. The film goes inside Mattel with the Barbie team as they rethink the doll’s role in the hotly contested space of women today. It won a 2019 Realscreen Award as well as inclusion in 2019’s American Film Showcase. She is currently partnering with Rita Wilson and Cristan Crocker on a feature film about Barbie’s creator, Ruth Handler. Indiewire called her most recent film, Hysterical, an FX Original, "Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, moving and entertaining." It premiered at 2021's SXSW and Hot Docs, and can be streamed on Hulu. Her next film, The Cowboy and The Queen, will be going to festivals in 2023.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Culture, Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE
Best Documentary Short, Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, Why Can't We Live Together
Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special
Outstanding interviewer ABC News/Time Forum on Guns in America
CINE GOLDEN EAGLE
Excellence in Film and Television,
Jesse Jackson: I Am Somebody
Excellence in Film and Television,
Hillary Clinton: Changing the Rules
NAPA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL
Favorite Lounge Feature Award (Audience Favorite), The Other F Word
AMERICAN FILM SHOWCASE
US State Department Film Diplomacy Program, Play It Forward and Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie