AMI in the News
Struggling to Film in America’s Chokehold: Cuban Moviemakers Feeling Burden of U.S. Embargo By VICTORIA BURNETT APRIL 4, 2014
MEXICO CITY — In Hollywood terms, it was small change. But for Miguel Coyula, a Cuban filmmaker accustomed to working on a tiny budget, the $5,200 he raised on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com last year would have bought some lighting equipment, a Steadicam and a tripod, all crucial for his science-fiction feature, “Blue Heart.” However, Indiegogo suspended the campaign in August and froze the money after determining that transferring funds to Cuba or a Cuban resident would violate the United States’ economic embargo. READ MORE
Cuban Filmmaker, Miguel Coyula
AUGUST 5, 2013
Among other titles, the collection includes Ernesto Pérez Zambrano’s Major Leagues? (¿Grandes Ligas?), an exploration of the Cuban National women’s baseball team, Gustavo Pérez’s They Would All Be Queens (Todas iban ser reinas), about Soviet women who emigrated to Cuba for marriage prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and Katrin Hansing’s Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator (Freddy Ilanga: El Traductor del Che), a profile of an African man whose life was transformed by a chance encounter with one of the great icons of the 20th century.
The deal was signed by Jonathan Miller, President of Icarus Films, and Alexandra Halkin, Director of the Americas Media Initiative, which produces, screens, and distributes independent and community-produced media from the Americas.
Beginning in September, Icarus Films will handle all North American distribution responsibilities for the collection. There will be two new releases added to the collection this year.
For more information on the Americas Media Initiative, visit http://www.americasmediainitiative.org
May 24, 2013
By Victoria Burnett
Published: January 4, 2013
Recent New York Times article about Cuban Filmmaking that
mentions AMI and a number of our filmmakers.
(click here to read the full story)
Photo by Raúl Cañibano. Courtesy of Alejandro Ramírez Anderson.