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.
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. In February, 2013 Alexandra co-organized with Sally Berger, Assistant Curator in the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York the New Cuban Shorts program that was part of their Documentary Fortnight Film Festival.
Americas Media Initiative is funded in part by:
The Ford Foundation
The Reynolds Foundation
The Eastman Foundation
The Pride Foundation
and many generous individual donors!