Andrea MeditchBoard Member
*Andrea Meditch **is founder and president of Back Allie Films, which provides *strategic, consulting, executive production, and creative advising services to films, festivals, corporations, and universities. Her films have won Oscars and Emmys; most have premiered at Sundance, Toronto and other major festivals around the world and have enjoyed successful theatrical, broadcast and festival runs, including MAN ON WIRE, BUCK, GRIZZLY MAN, ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON.
Meditch has held executive and creative positions at Discovery, the National Geographic Society, *Kiplinger's* and *Texas Monthly*, with a focus on media start-ups. She was part of the executive team that launched Discovery's online site, as well as the executive in charge of creating and building Discovery Films, the theatrical arm of the company. She crafted the strategic plan for a National Geographic Society Initiative called "Earth Atlas." As a member of the faculty of the College of Communications at Michigan State University, she created the model for a new center on creativity in non-fiction storytelling.
Meditch has had a life-long passion for bringing stories about the natural world to general audiences, with a special focus on science education, beginning in her teens at an environmental and archaeological program in New Mexico; through her service as a board member of the Smithsonian's Early Enrichment Center; and a Trustee at the Maret School in Washington, DC. She serves as an expert for the U.S. State Department's American Film Showcase and the Sundance Institute's Film Forward program, both of which work with underserved audiences around the world; and with the Sundance/Skoll Foundation initiative, which teaches storytelling skills to social entrepreneurs. In addition she is a member of Northwestern University's Council of One Hundred, which mentors graduates and young faculty, and the Lensic Performing Arts center in Santa Fe, NM, where she focuses on community engagement and education. She holds a PhD in Linguistic Anthropology and a BS degree in Communications and Media