Profile | Andrew Freiband

Andrew Freiband



Andrew Freiband teaches in the Department of Film, Animation, and Video at RISD. He is a filmmaker, producer, writer, artist, and educator with extensive experience in multiple disciplines including feature films and documentary, exhibition and experience design, and fine art media. 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 in 2013, and has been screened at dozens of festivals around the world, as well as being selected by the US State Department for its American Film Showcase, and by the New York City Dept of Education, which developed a viewing guide and now distributes the film to schools across New York City. His research interests, which are supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID) involve developing models for engaging artists in international social, humanitarian, and crisis-response scenarios as something more than just communicators – viewing art as a form of knowledge-making and a rigorous, viable means of conducting research.





Seeing Narrative: Researching Complex Systems Using Art as Data

Ongoing RISD Research Initiative

An ongoing development of a film- and art-making research methodology, along with the development of a unique sequencing and visualization toolset, designed to enable filmmakers and artists exploit the learning potential of Narrative to study complex socially driven humanitarian systems.


RISD/USAID DOC (Development Outreach Coordinator) Visual Communications Training Program


Working alongside recent FAV alumni, we developed a visual communications curriculum and piloted an overseas training seminar for a global contingent of USAID communicators, producers, and project implementors.


Ebola Design Charrette Documentation and Content Mapping

RISD Research Conference


Collaborated on a CDC/MASS Design Group/USAID daylong design charrette at RISD aimed at developing new and improved responses to the West African Ebola outbreak.


USAID Frontiers in Development Global Forum


Led a team of recently graduated RISD alumni in conceiving, designing, and producing this large-scale biennial event for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of State, including 10,000 square feet of narrative exhibition material, redesigned communications and media content highlighting the challenges faced in reducing extreme poverty around the world, presentation areas and architectural elements. Also led a RISD/USAID artist-in-residency program in Malawi and Bangladesh, holding collaborative workshops with students in those countries to produce work reflective of the development challenges faced by their communities.


FAV Intermediate Video / CineInstitute Haiti Collaborative Video workshop

Spring 2012

Conducted a semester-long online video exchange, along with a weeklong onsite teaching seminar with students at Haiti’s only film school, CineInstitute Jacmel, in part to study applications and viability of film-based learning in post-disaster settings.



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