Cuban Filmmaker Tours
AMI’ Cuba Media Project (AMI – CMP) is focused on the distribution of independent and community media from Cuba and developing cultural exchange projects between Cuban and US citizens. AMI - CMP is playing an important role both in Cuba and the US. In Cuba AMI – CMP is providing young, emerging filmmakers with an educational distributor that is marketing their work in the US and providing them with an income from the sales. In the US, AMI – CMP is organizing Cuban filmmaker tours and making their independent work available to universities and individuals who previously could only access this material through direct contact with the filmmakers or pirated copies.
In Spring 2011, AMI - CMP organized a US tour of 13 universities for the award winning Cuban community media organization, Television Serrana (TVS) based in the Sierra Maestra Mountains. AMI – CMP translated 20 of TVS’ productions and created a four-volume DVD set that was distributed during the tour. Carlos Rodriguez, a TVS filmmaker traveled on the tour that included presentations at University of Wisconsin/Madison, Southern Illinois University, Temple University, University of Richmond, Mount Holyoke, New York University, University of Washington, San Francisco University, University of California/Santa Cruz among others. There were also public events at the Office on Latin America (WOLA) in Washington, DC, and in New York City at the Instituto Cervantes and the tour was one of the featured events at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies Conference, Cuba Futures, Past and Present.
Fall 2011, AMI - CMP organized an East Coast tour for documentary filmmaker Rigoberto Jiménez. Rigoberto is one of the founders of TVS and currently works at the International Film and Television School (EICTV). Rigoberto is originally from the Sierra Maestra Mountains and has a unique trajectory and vision of documentary filmmaking. Working with Sally Berger, Assistant Curator at the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York who organized a presentation for Rigoberto. During the tour we screened Rigoberto’s work, TVS productions and a selection from EICTV. Rigoberto’s tour venues included the University of Vermont, the Vermont International Film Festival, Middlebury College, Dartmouth College and Clark College.