| Andrea Blaugrund
The Other F Word, Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
Annette Blaugrund, Dr. Stanley Blaugrund
Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject
Cristan Crocker Reilly, Annette Blaugrund, Mel Damski, Riff Markowitz
Andrea Blaugrund Nevins Wikipedia
Andrea Blaugrund Nevins is a writer, director, and producer living in Los Angeles. She was born in New York City, where she attended the Chapin School. Her father is Dr. Stanley Blaugrund, the director of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Her mother, Annette Blaugrund, was senior curator of paintings, sculpture and drawings at the New-York Historical Society, and guest curator at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, L.I. Nevins credits hearing problems as a child for heightening her sense of vision. She said she "fell madly in love with documentaries while in high school and college" and wanted to tell stories that weren't "just the history of the Second World War."
Nevins graduated from Harvard University where she took visual arts classes and majored in Social Studies. Her thesis was titled The Renaissance of a Housing Project: D Street and Its People.
After graduating she gained experience as a sports reporter in North Carolina and was a staff writer for The Gainesville Sun from 1986 until October 1988. One of her newspaper articles featured noted environmental activist Kiki Carter. Nevins and two other staff writers, Mitch Stacy and Lisa Trei, won first place in the Excellence in Medical Journalism Awards for a six-part series titled "Too Poor to be Sick." She worked at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. She married David Nevins in 1996 who later became an executive with Showtime.
Nevins worked on a 1994 documentary for A&E on Hillary Clinton titled Hillary Rodham Clinton: changing the rules and a 1995 documentary on Jesse Jackson titled I Am Somebody. In 1998, she was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Documentary (Short Subject) for her first independent film Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. She shared credit with director Mel Damski who directed episodes of the hit television shows M*A*S*H and Barnaby Jones.
Nevins' had taken time from her career to raise three children and wondered how she would get back into documentary directing and production. She met Cristan Reilly, also a mother of three, and teamed up to direct and produce The Other F Word. The project led the two to create Rare Bird Films. The choices Nevins made as director surprised critics with "ironic twists" that showed how former punk rockers "balance their anarchic personalities with 21st century parenting." Oscilloscope Laboratories and Showtime purchased The Other F Word. Oscilloscope's Adam Yauch initially had reservations about the film but said he was glad he "didn't go with my first instinct" and called it a "beautiful and touching film."State of Play: Happiness, aired on HBO in 2014
Play it Forward , chosen to premiere at the Opening Gala of the 2015 Tribeca / ESPN Sports Film Festival
Nevins says she lets the story unfold as she's directing and "you hope that you're going to be led in a more magical direction than you could ever anticipate." Nevins' additional directorial projects with Rare Bird Films are:
Nevins volunteers with UNICEF USA and sits on the regional board of directors for Southern California.