DeAndré inherited a deep curiosity with technology from his father, a NASA engineer, and then discovered technology in the arts at just thirteen years old. He learned to work hard as a crew member for his junior high school’s morning news program. He later assisted his TV production teacher in directing a short film for a contest sponsored by BET — and they won. Money and equipment for their school, national airtime for their work, and the accolades of many award-winning creators. The experience was overwhelming. That revelation of the impact of one film continues to drive DeAndré to this day.
Now with a deep sense of gratitude and responsibility, DeAndré leverages his unique experiences to serve others seeking similar opportunities. He credits his worldview to his upbringing by his Trinidadian parents, Ann and James Vidale, and the leadership legacy and community of the Howard University School of Communications. He has supported storytelling for feature length documentaries and TV shows, including Showtime’s Black Monday, Hulu/FX’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga and HBO’s BARRY. He also celebrates his West Indian heritage through documenting the cultural phenomenon of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival.