About Us

Organizational Mission:

To produce, distribute and screen film and video made in the Americas by community media organizations and independent filmmakers. Through screenings at universities, cultural institutions, community media centers and film festivals our goal is to broaden the US audience’s understanding of issues faced by marginalized populations and encourage further investigation through cultural exchange.

Since our founding in 2010, Americas Media Initiative (AMI) has consistently done groundbreaking work in Cuba; organizing tours with important cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the documentary PBS series; POV, of independently produced U.S. films in the provinces, that engage with Cuban audiences, and generate significant media coverage on Cuban television, in the press, and on the Internet. In the U.S., AMI has facilitated numerous tours, bringing Cuban filmmakers to universities, community centers, and cultural institutions across the U.S. AMI also distributes DVDs of independently produced Cuban documentaries, animations, and short fictions with our distribution partner, Icarus Films in New York.

Alexandra Halkin, Director, Americas Media Initiative

In 1998, Alexandra founded the Chiapas Media Project an award winning bi-national organization that has trained over 200 indigenous men and women in video production in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. Alexandra has consulted with various organizations such as Witness and CLACPI (Latin American Coordinator for Indigenous Film and Communication). In 2004, Alexandra was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Latin American Indigenous Video Initiative (LAIVI). In 2007, Alexandra was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the Indigenous Audiovisual Archive (IAA) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Alexandra has produced four documentaries in Guerrero, Mexico and her work has been screened at film and video festivals worldwide. In 2010, Alexandra completed a short documentary, LIVING JUAREZ, which looks at the neighborhood of Villas de Salvárcar where 15 youths were murdered at a birthday party in January 2010. In 2010, Alexandra founded the Americas Media Initiative (AMI) a non-profit organization that works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba.

AMI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Deb Ellis, Filmmaker and Associate Professor, Film and Television Studies Program, University of Vermont
Ruth Goldberg, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Cultural Studies at the State University of New York/Empire State College in New York City
Jesus Hernandez, Producer, New York City
Catherine Murphy, Filmmaker and Literacy Expert, Miami, FL
Clemencia Rodriguez, Professor Dept. of Communication, University of Oklahoma  
 

AMI ADVISORY BOARD
Gustavo Arcos, Professor of Film, FAMCA, Cultural Critic, Cuba
Danae Dieguez, Professor of Gender and Film Studies, ISA/FAMCA, Cuba
Sarah Doty, Social Sciences Research Council, U.S.
Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology, CUNY, U.S.
Ernesto Granado, Cinematographer, Cuba
Lisa Jackson, Documentary Filmmaker, U.S.
Simon Kilmurry, International Documentary Association, U.S.
David Leitner, Cinematographer, U.S.
Gordon Quinn, Kartemquin Films, U.S.
Mónica Rivero, Journalist, Cuba
Marisol Rodríguez, Director, Muestra Joven, Cuba

AMI is funded in part by:

The Ford Foundation

The Christopher Reynolds Foundation

The Eastman Foundation

The Pride Foundation

and many generous individual donors across the U.S.