Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine are Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmakers. Critics have hailed their unique storytelling style as “unflinching”, “spirit-raising” and “visually ravishing.” The Fines filmmaking collaboration started when they met while making films for National Geographic. In 2003, they married and started directing together. Additionally, Andrea is the writer and Sean is the cinematographer on all their films.
One of their latest films, Inocente, a coming-of-age story about a homeless 15-year-old Latina artist, won the 2013 Oscar for Best Short Documentary. The Fines HBO documentary feature, Life According to Sam, chronicles a family’s race against time to save their son from an extremely rare and fatal disease, debuted at Sundance, was shortlisted for the 2014 Academy Awards for Best Documentary and was also honored with a Peabody and Emmy Award that same year. The Fines first gained acclaim for their 2008 film, War/Dance, the inspiring story about the power of music to heal and transform the lives of children living in Uganda’s war zone. War/Dance won numerous awards including two Emmys for Best Documentary and Best Cinematography, the Sundance Film Festival’s award for Best Documentary Direction, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Most recently, the Fines have crossed their storytelling style into the commercial realm. Their client list features incredible collaborations across brands like Gatorade, Gillette and Smithsonian and within commercial work, the Fines are represented by Superprime. Andrea and Sean are also in development on two narrative feature projects, a broadcast series, and developing a Broadway musical.
They currently live in Washington, D.C.