André Robert LeeAndré Robert Lee has taken a very interesting path to the world of entertainment. Upon completion of undergrad at Connecticut College, André came to New York City on a fellowship to teach in the Central Park East Secondary School’s Senior Institute. There he taught “The Life and Works of Toni Morrison”, “The African American Autobiography” and “Documentary Film Making.” After teaching in East Harlem and the completion of a Master’s Degree, he went on to work at the Ford Foundation where he discovered the world of Independent Film Making through grant making.

André had his first taste of feature film while working on the set of The Best Man as personal assistant to the Director. This was his baptism into the world of entertainment and he has not looked back since. After The Best Man, André took every freelance job possible in the entertainment world until landing at Miramax Films in the Marketing Department.

André served for two years on the Miramax Films Academy driven Marketing team. At Miramax, André participated in the nationwide marketing campaigns that leveraged films including Shakespeare in Love, Cider House Rules, Scary Movie, In Too Deep and the third installation epic of the teenage horror phenomenon, Scream 3.

After Miramax, André was able to meet Stacy Spikes and join Urbanworld Films. Once at Urbanworld he quickly moved into the Director of Marketing position. In this role, André helmed the marketing campaigns for all films on the Urbanworld slate, including The Visit starring Billy Dee Williams and Hill Harper, the box-office hit Punks, and King of the Jungle starring John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, Marisa Tomei and Annabella Sciorra.

After Urbanworld, André went on to manage all aspects related to marketing and distribution of all independent titles for Film Movement. This included the nationwide theatrical release of over 18 titles, including Franky G’s first film, Manito. Film Movement was an alternative approach to distribution of films through a subscription service. While at Film Movement, André produced two short films. First was Friday Night Fever, which was created in a partnership with Donna Karan. The second film was The Ecology of Love starring Pharrell Williams. The Film Festival at a Gala Event, which André put together with Visa, Details Magazine and Panasonic.

André’s work as a freelance producer has included projects such as a music video for The Churchills, and numerous segments for German television, including extensive coverage of the Olympus Fashion week. André also worked with Robert De Niro’s pet project, The Tribeca All Access Connects Program, under the umbrella of the Tribeca Film Festival, serving as a liaison to Jury members including Antoine Fuqua, Rosie Perez, Shelia Nevins, Bruce Ferguson, Thelma Golden amongst others as well as managing major special events for the program during the festival.

In the summer of 2005 André worked with Effie T. Brown (Real Woman Have Curves, Producer) and Jeffrey Blitz (Academy Award Nominee, Spellbound, Director) on their feature Rocket Science. André was in charge of all clearances and product placement for the Independent. In the winter of 2005–2006, André produced RuPaul’s feature Starrbooty Reloaded. In the spring of 2006, André produced Dirty Laundry, which stars Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Divine, Terry Vaughn, Jenifer Lewis and Sommore.

André wrote, directed and produced the educational version of The Prep School Negro. Currently, he has embarked on a national, and soon to be international, workshop tour. There have been over 200 workshops at high schools, colleges, universities, gatherings and conferences. After talks with members of the Academy Awards, André agreed to go back into the edit room and expand the current version of the film to feature length. There is now a theatrical version of The Prep School Negro. The theatrical version has premiered at film festivals and negotiations are in process with networks and distribution entities.

André is currently in the completion phase on his short film Mama’s Hat. He co-wrote the film with LA Screenwriter Dayna Clark. Production took place in Philadelphia, PA. Jaguar Write leads the cast in the role of Mama.

Additional current projects include producing a documentary feature, which falls under the banner of The Calhoun School’s Deconstructing Race Project. The title of the film is I’m Not Racist…Am I?”. André is also in development with New York City based writer, Joseph Andrew Clark on a feature film project based on the life of activist, Bayard Rustin along with writer Korey Smallwood. The goal is to bring forward a major motion picture for theatrical release. Clark and André are also collaborating on other short and feature narrative scripts.

André serves as a board member for the Doe Fund, Inc., as a consultant and advisor for Connecticut College’s Mellon Undergraduate Research Program in the Arts and Humanities, a Reader for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program as well as a speaker at the Gates Millennium Scholars Program Leadership Conferences and on the Program Committee for Life After the Ford Foundation. He also has served on the jury for the Academy Awards Student Competition, host committee for the Black House Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Blacksoil Film Festival (Rotterdam), Jury/Selection Committee member of the Rap-It-Up/Black Aids Short Subject Film Competition, numerous film festival juries and on the Executive Committee of Film In The City.