Andrea Weiss is an American director, producer, and writer. She is best known for her work on the television series Pose and her award-winning documentary, Paris Is Burning.
Weiss was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. She graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in 1967 and then attended the City College of New York. After college, she received a Master's Degree in Cinema Studies from New York University.
Weiss began her career in the 1980s as a production assistant on a variety of television shows. She then moved on to become a production manager and line producer on various projects, including the cult classic film Pump Up the Volume.
In the 1990s, Weiss began working as a director and producer. She collaborated with Jennie Livingston on the seminal documentary Paris Is Burning, which won numerous awards, including a Peabody Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize.
Weiss also directed and produced the documentary It's Still Elementary, which was nominated for an Emmy Award. In 2008, she directed and produced the documentary White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which won a News & Documentary Emmy Award.
In 2018, Weiss directed the pilot episode for the FX series Pose, which follows the lives of transgender and queer characters in New York City in the 1980s. The series was nominated for a Golden Globe and won a Peabody Award.
Weiss has also written and directed numerous shorts and feature films. She is currently working on a feature film about the life of the late fashion designer Halston.
Throughout her career, Weiss has been dedicated to telling stories that give a voice to marginalized people. She has consistently pushed for the inclusion of diverse perspectives in her work, and has been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights.
Weiss is an inspiring figure in the world of filmmaking, working tirelessly to create meaningful and resonant stories. Her work has been recognized and celebrated, and continues to make an impact on audiences around the world.