Christian D'Andrea

America is a patchwork quilt...

and stories are its stitching.  

SHUNPIKING

Inspecting the hurricane we're about to descend into

America is a patchwork quilt, and stories are its stitching.  In order to find those stories, I practice the lost art of Shunpiking — knowing when to “shun” the turnpike and get onto the back roads, where the inspirational characters are tucked away, the ones that remind us of our best selves. 

You could say I'm a professional American, because my trade is creating projects, initiatives, and stories that unite us.

Inspecting the hurricane we're about to descend into
I'll go to any length to discover and showcase Americans doing their best for each other.  I'll even fly into hurricanes.



America is a patchwork quilt, and stories are its stitching

In a divided age, we need these unifying stories more than ever. 

In order to find them, I practice the lost art of Shunpiking — knowing when to “shun” the turnpike and get onto the back roads, where the inspirational characters are tucked away, the ones that remind us of our best selves. 

In a sense, I'm a professional American, because my trade is creating projects, initiatives, and stories that unite us.

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Hurricane Hunters

Executive producer / director / creator of this documentary TV series.

Spent two years flying into hurricanes with the Air Force's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron.

Touching the Dragon

Wrote this book about war, hell, and surviving trauma with Jimmy Hatch. 

Published by Knopf (2018) and Vintage (2019). 

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Less Hell, More Angel

Shining a light on the people who engender brotherhood.

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Creating campaigns and telling stories

that inspire, unite, and boost things like corporate ethics and warrior healing.

Resurrecting Warbirds

Finding new ways to honor the legacy of WWII aviators.

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The Interceptors

Executive producer/director/creator of this series in development with a cable network.  

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Grabbing some footage during an embed

with federal drug interdiction agents

HALO: Freefall Warriors

Executive producer/creator of this Discovery Channel documentary.

Embedded with the Army's Military Freefall School.

Entrepreneur

Creating businesses to solve problems

Founded SoldierFuel energy bars

After discovering that civilian Army bureaucrats were pumping dangerous trans fat into Soldiers via their rations, I pioneered the movement to end trans fat in troop feeding.  My brothers and I became the Army’s R&D partner in performance nutrition, and we created the healthier (and zero trans-fat) Soldier Fuel energy bar (which is now featured in the U.S. Special Operations Forces Nutrition Guide and used by militaries worldwide). 

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