AMI organizes Cuban Animation Tour in Louisiana
This fall AMI brought representatives of two of Cuba’s most important independent animation groups, ÑOOo Productions, based in Havana, and Oniroma, based in Santa Clara. The tour screened animations and engaged with students and professors at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and Tulane University in New Orleans. The tour was sponsored in part by Visit Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Film Commission. To see some of Oniroma animations check out our Cuban Animations page.
AMI awards two cash prizes at the Muestra Joven, Havana, Cuba, April 2016
For the second year in a row AMI has awarded cash prizes at the Muestra Joven Film Festival April 5-10, 2016. This year our Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias Film Prizes went to Lazaro Gonzalez for his documentary, Villa Rosa and Gabriela Leal Carranza for her animation, Quieres venir conmigo? (Want to come with me?). AMI will be distributing Villa Rosa this fall as part of the AMI Cuba DVD catalogue with Icarus Films.
AMI to give $2k prize at the Muestra Joven (Young Directors Film Festival) in Havana, April 5-10, 2016.
As part of our on-going committment to support emerging filmmakers in Cuba we will be giving our second cash prize for a documentary in production at the Muestra Joven Film Festival in Havana. AMI will be part of the jury for the Haciendo Cine (Making Film) pitching session. The winner will be announced on April 9. AMI would like to thank the Lucias and Eva Eastman Fund for providing the support for the prize.
UPCOMING: Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias 4 Documentary Film Tour in Cuba, March 11-18, 2016
Our Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias Documentary Program has traveled to 10 towns in the Cuban provinces and reached more than 800 Cuban citizens, sparking critical and meaningful discussions on gun control, the Iraq War and racism. Closing Distances has brought U.S. documentaries, filmmakers and programmers to audiences in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, Baracoa, Guantanamo, Bayamo, Camaguey, Holguin, Cienfuegos, Havana and Pinar del Río.
In 2016 we will be doing two tours with the Hermanos Saíz Association (Asociación Hermanos Saíz – AHS/www.ahs.cu). AHS is the most important youth cultural association in Cuba with centers throughout the island. AHS supports projects in journalism, film, the plastic arts and literature and has special programs that tour their centers throughout the year.
Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias 4 will bring award-winning documentary filmmaker, Andrés Caballero and his film, Guacho del Norte to Santa Clara, Caibarien, Cienfuegos, El Nicho, Matanzas, Guasasa in the Ciénaga de Zapata and Havana.
OnCuba article about the AMI Inside Contemporary Cuban Film Delegation, January 14-22, 2016:
UNA VISITA ESTADOUNIDENSE AL CINE CUBANO DE HOY (in Spanish)
SPECIAL CUBA DELEGATION: INSIDE CONTEMPORARY CUBAN FILM January 14 – 22, 2016
The Americas Media Initiative (AMI) organized our first delegation to Cuba in collaboration with Anthropologie Consulting that focused on current trends in contemporary Cuban filmmaking. The trip was geared towards film programmers and curators, professionals in the film business, academics and people interested in contemporary Cuban filmmaking and provided insight and access normally unavailable to U.S. visitors. PHOTOS OF THE DELEGATION
An important focus of the delegation was to help clarify how the U.S. embargo still impacts Cuban filmmaking including the complex situation for Cuban independent filmmakers – who work outside of traditional Cuban cultural institutions – and their current legal status within Cuba. Alexandra Halkin, AMI Founding Director along with Jose Pineda, Director of Anthropologie Consulting led the delegation.
Due to the close working relationship AMI has with many filmmakers, delegates met one on one with documentary, and fiction filmmakers, and producers as well as animators and attended special screenings of their work. A unique aspect of the delegation was meeting filmmakers living outside of Havana.
Anthropologie Consulting LLC
Anthropologie Consulting, LLC does extensive work around Cuba and Cuban culture, both in the U.S. and Cuba. Anthropologie Consulting, LLC is authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, to organize educational and cultural delegations to Cuba. Anthropologie Consulting, LLC is registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST38971.
Burlington Free Press, 4/29/15
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Isis Salcines from the Organoponico Alamar talking with Chris Bolden-Newsome from Bartram Community Farm in Philadelphia during our Tierralismo Good Earth Film Tour.