Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment


Peter Samuelson, MA, President


Dr. D. Andy Rice, PhD, ASPIRE Fellow at UCLA


The Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment (ASPIRE) partners with universities, community organizations, scholars, and activists to advocate for sustainability and social justice through media-focused teaching and research.  ASPIRE teaches digital media production to undergraduates of all majors to enhance their lifelong capacities to undertake social issue advocacy.

D. Andy Rice, ASPIRE Fellow in Socially Engaged Media


D. Andy Rice is a film and media studies scholar and documentary filmmaker with a BA in film/video production from the Visual and Environmental Studies Department at Harvard, a master’s degree in US history from UCSD, and a PhD in Communication at UCSD for my dissertation “Indexical Embodiments: Sensory Ethnography and/as Historical Reenactment.”  His written work centers on social justice documentary production, documentary film studies and phenomenology, and performance studies.  He has also produced two feature-length documentary films, and is currently the Co-Producer, Cinematographer, and Editor on Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema at UCLA, a work in progress feature documentary directed and co-produced by Zeinabu irene Davis.