André is a latinx filmmaker, educator, and community organizer. He founded the Transgender Oral History Project in 2007, and created a traveling multimedia history exhibition in 2009. Director/Producer of I Live for Trans Education, André developed a curriculum alongside four documentary shorts. I Live reached over 20,000 people through online views, installations, community events, and train-the-trainer sessions. After experiencing homelessness as a youth, Andre went on to help launch El Rescate and co-found Project Fierce Chicago, both transitional housing programs for LGBTQ youth.
He recorded 500 interviews as part of StoryCorps (2012-2015), including 50 broadcasted segments. The Association of Independent Radio named him one of the voices that will change the face of public media in 2015. In 2016, he appeared on NewCity’s 50 influential filmmakers in Chicago and premiered his first docu-series, Been T/Here, in the inaugural season of OpenTV.
Andre Directed and Produced America in Transition (2019), a Sundance-backed documentary series exploring community, family, and social issues with trans people of color. The series screened at over 100 venues internationally. Perez created a social impact campaign that brought difficult conversations to the South and Midwest coordinating 65+ workshops, presentations, and lectures at colleges, community centers, and art spaces – all lead by trans people of color. He’s now working as Producer of A Run for More and Desire Lines. He is seeking freelance work in Communications Strategy, Video Production, and Social Impact Production.