Andrea is the Program Manager for Docs In Progress where she is responsible for managing most of the organization's educational and professional development programs for adults and youth.
She is former Head Programmer for AFI Docs, the American Film Institute’s prestigious documentary film festival held annually in the Washington DC area. She currently serves as a documentary programming consultant for Tribeca Film Festival, DOC NYC, and the Cinema Eye Honors, and is a regular contributing writer for the Turner Classic Movies website. In 2015, she researched and co-wrote the tribute book for the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award presented to Steve Martin in Hollywood.
Prior to joining the Washington DC film community in 2010, Ms. Passafiume worked in the Programming Office of AFI Fest in Los Angeles where she coordinated screening events for the monthly Cinema’s Legacy series at the Skirball Center (guests included Oliver Stone, Forest Whitaker, Jon Favreau, Robert Towne, and Dennis Hopper), monthly Directors Series screenings at the ArcLight Hollywood (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND) as well as AFI’s weekly 100 Years…100 Movies series, and co-organized and hosted AFI Fest’s landmark 24-Hour Movie Marathon & Fundraiser in 2006.
She has taught a variety of film history classes at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN, and spent eight years at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta where she served as the Media Services Supervisor for Turner Classic Movies. She earned her M.A. and B.F.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.