A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. -Orson Welles

AMA_Headshot1I’m a serial entrepreneur and my strongest loves are technology, film and writing. About ten years ago, I had an “a-ha” moment and became a film exhibitor, film curator and marketer –a meshing of all of my passions.

So far, I’ve exhibited over 400 (primarily) independent films, including international films, shorts, documentaries, features, and animation. I also work with independent filmmakers to premiere their films and introduce their work to the festival circuit. In 2012, through my film festival I personally hosted a reception for the opening of the independent film BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD in San Francisco, and introduced 150 new audience members to a movie that the New York Times called “(A) movie is a blast of sheer, improbable joy, a boisterous, thrilling action movie with a protagonist who can hold her own…”. Award-winning producer Josh Penn was my guest of honor. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD won the Camera d’Or (Festival des Cannes) and the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Drama.

My goal is to introduce new audiences to unique films that have a compelling story and a unique narrative, while also exposing and developing audiences of color to these same films.

For a partial list of films I’ve screened, please click here

As an avid supporter and exhibitor of emerging films, I’ve also been a contributor to a number independent films that have gone on to critical acclaim in the film industry.

Official Biography:

Adrienne Anderson is a fourth-generation San Franciscan and an alumna of San Francisco State University. She is also the founder and director of the International Black Women’s Film Festival, a published author, entrepreneur and analyst in the Office of the CFO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

In 2001 she established the International Black Women’s Film Festival. Through a series of quarterly free screenings and an annual film festival the International Black Women’s Film Festival explores the social, aesthetic and political contexts of Black women in society through film, television and media. Ms. Anderson received an Innovators Award from the Hull Family Foundation and Oaklandish for her innovative work in civic life and using the film festival to bring together diverse audiences and showcase innovative, accessible programming that empowers women filmmakers. Her film festival has screened over 400 films from around the world including Greenland, Germany, Paris, Ghana, Canada, Australia, Dutch Caribbean, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and India. In 2012, she hosted a reception featuring Academy Award nominated producer Josh Penn and a screening of his film BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Camera d’Or and the Grand Jury Prize for Drama at Sundance. She also premiered the film and hosted an appearance by Academy Award®-winner Octavia Spencer. Her film programming experience includes serving as a Jury Member of the University of San Francisco’s Student Film Competition and curating speaker panels and film series with the San Francisco Main Public Library. She is also a major contributor to such films as BONESHAKER (starring Quvenzhane Wallis), THEY CALL ME LA LUPE starring Lauren Velez, Sundance prize winners PARIAH directed by Dee Rees and AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY by director Terence Nance, KWAKU ANANSE by Grace Omaboe and LEAVING ATLANTA (based on the book by Tayari Jones).

On February 21, 2015, Adrienne will be honored at Stanford University’s First Annual Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards.

Ms. Anderson is also the owner and proprietor of American Royal Tea™, which blends organic, non-GMO teas and herbal tisanes for retail and custom ordering. She actively sources her ingredients from organic, sustainable farms in the United States and is committed to high standards of international fair trade with organic farmers. Her teas were selected as gifts for nominees of the 2015 Screen Actors Guild (“SAG”) Awards, including nominees Jennifer Aniston, Tina Fey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Viola Davis, Dame Maggie Smith, and others. Ms. Anderson was interviewed and will be featured in issue No. 11 of the U.K. magazine The Gentlewoman.

For over 15 years, Ms. Anderson has worked for such public agencies as the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and San Francisco State University, namely as an assistant manager. She is currently an analyst in the Office of the CFO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and coordinates and manages space planning and facilities management for multiple facilities including the administrative offices at One South Van Ness and a high-security, newly built Transit Management Center at 1455 Market Street.

With her wide range of interests and accomplishments, Ms. Anderson has also been published in academic journals, previously worked as a journalist for an internationally-recognized music magazine based in Berkeley, California, and is a published author of WORD: Rap, Politics & Feminism –one of the first books to directly address the social, political and image impacts of women in rap and hip-hop.

Ms. Anderson is a member of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. – Gamma Nu Chapter (where she was selected as the 2013 Gamma Nu Chapter Soror of the Year), San Francisco State University Alumni Association, the Augustan Society, the American Heraldry Society, the Heraldry Society (U.K.), and the American College of Heraldry. She is also a former-Advisory Board Member for SPARKED.com, a micro-volunteering organization and startup.


• International Black Women’s Film Festival – www.ibwff.com
• American Royal Tea – www.AmericanRoyalTea.com


See films Below that I’ve contributed to financially

Relevant Experience

  • Advisory Board Member, SPARKED.com (www.sparked.com), San Francisco, CA – Micro-volunteering service and social network.
  • Founder & Programmer, International Black Women’s Film Festival (festival.ibwff.com), San Francisco, CA – Exhibition and showcase of films by and/or featuring Black women from around the world in non-stereotypical roles.
  • Member. The International Black Women’s Film Festival is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of the International Black Women’s Film Festival must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
  • Jury Member, University of San Francisco’s Student Film Competition, University of San Francisco Office of Public Relations, San Francisco, CA.
  • Curator, San Francisco Public Library Black Heritage Month Film Series, San Francisco, CA.
  • On-Call Film & Media Global Trend Spotter, Faith Popcorn’s Brain Reserve, New York, NY.
  • Anderson, Adrienne M., Report: “Why You Should Care About the Latest Report from the Directors Guild of America.”  San Francisco: International Black Women’s Film Festival, 2012. PDF.
  • Featured Interview: “Black Women’s Film Festival set to return.” Hartlaub, Peter. San Francisco Chronicle, July 10, 2009.
  • Member, National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC – www.namac.org ), San Francisco, CA – Policy organization for arts organizations.
  • Member, Film Society of Lincoln Center (www.filmlinc.com), New York, NY – Film arts organization.

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Film Funding Contributor

Brown Girl in the Ring – The Prequel (dir. Sharon Lewis)

It’s 2048 in the Burn, a dystopian Toronto where Ti-Jeanne is chafing under Mami her grandmother’s overprotective rules. Mami refuses to loosen her hold on Ti-Jeanne until she “sees”
her protector spirit, Jab Jab. Ti-Jeanne rejects the spirits and when Tony comes on the scene she
falls fast and hard. Ti-Jeanne runs off with Tony to forge a life in the harsh reality of the Burn.
A heart wrenching event forces Ti-Jeanne to “see” her spirit and return home…a grown woman.

ECOHYBRIDITY: LOVE SONG FOR NOLA, a visual [black] opera in 5 movements (dir. kai barrow)

The visual opera draws on the vision, memory, and skills of New Orleans-based Black feminist artists and organizers—many of whom survived Katrina. Through on-going convening, documentation, evaluation, art-making, and collective study, we focus and drive the opera’s content, movements, mapping and impact(s). We are also developing ways to support those who are experiencing trauma during this 10th anniversary period.

BONESHAKER (dir. Frances Bodomo)

An African family, lost in America, travels to a Louisiana church to cure its problem child. Starring Quvenzhane Wallis (BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE)


A Documentary on the Evolution of Spiritists’ Traditions in Puerto Rico

HEAVYWEIGHTPAINT (dir. Jeff Martini)

The story of four New York painters struggling to pull off the show of their careers: Tim Okamura, Joseph Adolphe, Taha Clayton and Jerome Lagarrigue. 


Artists, Erykah Badu, Thulani Davis and iona diamond join DCI Production in creating a film and an artist-driven distribution paradigm.
Starring Erykah Badu, Gary Grieg, musician Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, actors Roger Guenveur Smith, Erik Todd Dellums, and rumored Yasin Bey (formerly Mos Def).

LEAVING ATLANTA (Dir. Aletha Spann)

From 1979 to 1981 twenty-nine Black children in Atlanta were murdered and the others terrified. This is our story…

Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl (dir. Julie Dash)

Citizen of the world, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor changed the way we talk about women, race and food.

If We Left (dir. Miles Maker)

When an assisted living home in California shut down, many of its elderly residents were left behind, with nowhere to go. The staff at the Valley Springs Manor left when they stopped getting paid — except for cook Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez, the janitor. This is their story.

“There was about 16 residents left behind, and we had a conversation in the kitchen, ‘What are we going to do?’” Rowland said. “If we left, they wouldn’t have nobody,” Alvarez said.

Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch (dirs. Elle & Dime)

“Alzheimer’s splits a person in two; who they were before and who they are afterwards. I grieve Mom twice, mourning two spirits but lucky for having known both….”

RHYTHMS OF THE LAND! (dir. Dr. Gail Meyers, Ph.D.)

We can bring to light the stories and important contributions of our nation’s black farmers!

THEY CALL ME LA LUPE (dir. George Valencia)

Refusing to be silenced, Lupe goes to New York. And there, alone and poor, but still fueled with her passion for life and singing, performs in nightclubs throughout the city, enthralling audiences with her unconventional, irreverent style and within weeks, steps onto a stage as Tito Puente’s lead singer and quickly becomes the uncontested “Queen of Latin Soul.”

Starring Lauren Velez (Dexter, Oz) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs, The Sopranos)

PARIAH (dir. Dee Rees)

Who do you become when you can’t be yourself?
Starring Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker and Kim Wayans

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (dir. Terence Nance)

You’ve just arrived home after a bad day. You’re broke and lonely, even though you live in the biggest and busiest city in America. You do, however, have one cause for mild optimism: you seem to have captured the attention of an intriguing young lady. You’ve rushed home to clean your apartment before she comes over. In your haste, you see that you’ve missed a call. There’s a voice mail; she tells you that she won’t be seeing you tonight.

Kwaku Ananse

A fable, a funeral and a spider coffin.
Starring Jojo Abot, Koo Nimo, and Grace Omaboe


…and many more! Good film deserves to be seen!