Andrew Dapolite is a video producer and editor based in Westchester, New York. A graduate of the State University of New York College at Oneonta, Andrew majored in Mass Communications with a concentration in Production and a minor in Documentary Studies.
While a student in Oneonta, Andrew gained extensive experience in documentary film production as the producer, videographer and editor for “A Life Worth Living,” a film chronicling the life and career of Dora Fowler, the oldest public school teacher in New York State. Fowler’s career at Roxbury Central School spanned over 60 years. Retiring at the age of 91, she had the experience of teaching thousands of students, and numerous grandchildren of her original students. The film was screened locally and distributed to school districts statewide.
Before graduating, Andrew Dapolite also produced a film titled, “No End in Sight,” which told the story of Brian Wallach, a White Plains man who lost his eyesight over 60 years ago at he age of 25. As he moved on with his life, coping with a new disability, Wallach opened up his own insurance brokerage in White Plains, met his wife, started a family while maintaining an unusually active lifestyle. Wallach biked the perimeter of Manhattan and swam across the Hudson River multiple times. Even at an advanced age, Wallach continues to walk to work every day, with his guide dog at his side, navigating busy intersections and high volume traffic patterns. Decades ago, Wallach helped develop the first Stall Warning Device, an audible signal that alerts sight-impaired pedestrians of the changing traffic signals. The devices are currently in use all across the country.
Andrew Dapolite: After College
After graduating college, Mr. Dapolite worked for Hi-Def Pictures, a boutique video and film production company, producing video content for high-profile clients including CBS Sports, NBC Sports, the NFL Network and The PGA Tour. Dapolite also served as the Production Coordinator of Rye Community Television, a full-scale state-of-the-art production studio in his hometown of Rye. In that role, he providing hands on assistance and direction to community organizations, local residents and students with the production of community access television programs.
In 2011, Dapolite took an assignment in Chicago as the editor for the documentary film, “Language of the Unheard,” which premiered at the Cannes short film corner in France and 11 other festivals around the world. The film went inside The Pine Ridge Reservation located in the Southwest corner of South Dakota, exploring the Oglala Lakota’s incredibly rich culture and history as well as the hardship and challenges of an impoverished area with an unemployment rate of 80%.
Andrew Dapolite also has experience in the field of journalism. For years he produced a community news show for the city of Rye, before joining the staff of The Review in 2015. While at the Westchester-based news publication, Dapolite worked as staff photographer and contributing writer. In 2016 he received a third place award from the New York Press Association in the spot news photo category for capturing ex-Rye Golf Club Manager Scott Yandrasevich’s final walk into court before being sentenced to a year in state prison.