Attika J. Torrence is an innovative filmmaker and entrepreneur that has taken strides to make a significant impact in the film industry. Over the years, Attika has applied his filmmaking skills to several projects as an actor, director, writer, producer, executive producer and production consultant. His work has premiered at several film festivals including The Acapulco Black Film Festival, The American Black Film Festival, The San Francisco Black Film Festival and the New York Independent Film & Video Festival to name a few.
With several film credits to his name, Attika is by no means a rookie but still shies away from the title veteran. “I’m just getting my feet wet… I’m in it for the long haul.”
As a director, Attika has had the pleasure of working with Malik Yoba (New York Undercover), Bruce Altman (Matchstick Men), Thom Christopher (One Life To Live), Michael Easton, Taimak (The Last Dragon), Talent Harris (Sunset Park), Donnell Rawlings (Spider Man 2), Melyssa Ford (BET Style, Three Can Play That Game), Kerisse Hutchinson (All My Children, My Brother) and several others.
As an actor, he has worked with industry veterans such as Spike Lee, Anthony Lover, Michael Wright (The Five Heartbeats and Sugar Hill), the late O. L. Duke (Out of Time and Antwone Fisher) Frank Vincent (Casino) and Chuck Zito (Oz) to name a few.
Understanding and possessing what it takes to be successful in such a challenging industry, he constantly challenges himself to create opportunities for himself and fellow filmmakers. In doing so, he partnered with Fred Sanders to create Sanders Studios NYC, the first Black owned film production facility in New York City as well as the Independent Film New York Film (IFNY) Collective. IFNY is a community that allows filmmakers and film enthusiasts to hone their craft and enjoy great works of art while remaining in constant contact with each other. Attika explains further, “Sanders Studios provides a platform for filmmakers to show case their work in a theater type atmosphere (with out the huge costs of a theater) while maintaining an intimate environment that promotes networking.”
Attika says, “As a filmmaker, I know what filmmakers need to grow and we provide that for them.” The Independent Film Philadelphia and the Charlotte Reel Soul Film Festival & screening series are some of the other many outlets that Attika is involved in that support independent filmmakers.