Alva French

African-American, Baoulé from Côte d'Ivoire

Founder and Filmmaker at Tactile Films, LLC


Alva is an accomplished bilingual video journalist based in Brooklyn, NY, who earned an undergraduate degree from New York University. She also has a Master’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in International Multimedia Reporting from the City University of New York, Graduate School of Journalism. 

Currently, she is a casting, research and development consultant for Spacestation, a Brooklyn-based production company specialized in unscripted content and documentary films. 

Her personal immigrant experience in the U.S. informs my journalism work, creative art and film projects. 

She attended New York public schools while living as a French national and an undocumented elementary school student, with her mother, also from France.  Born in Paris, she is a dual national of France and now the U.S. with professional experience in translation, broadcasting, online marketing, documentary film, and education spanning France, South Korea and the U.S. 

Her journalism work has appeared on platforms like, The Associated Press, BuzzFeed News,, CISAC News (France), ARTE (France), Gwangju News (South Korea), GFN-Radio (South Korea), and Meet the Press on NBC News.

Active Projects

Tria and Dan: A Paris Love Story: Born in France, raised in the US, part white and part black, part French, part Ivorian and part American, “Tria and Dan, A Paris Love Story” revisits my family’s  life in postwar France and the magnetic draw of life in Paris in the face of a racially stoic United States.

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