Cuban Filmmaker Tours
Americas Media Initiative (AMI) is focused on the distribution of independent and community media from Cuba and developing cultural exchange projects between Cuban and US citizens. AMI is playing an important role both in Cuba and the US. In Cuba AMI 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 through our collaboration with Icarus Films in New York. In the US, AMI 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.
To date AMI has organized six US tours of that have included 33 colleges and universities, two separate programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and brought three Cuban filmmakers to the renowned Flaherty Seminar in 2012.
Some of the Cuban filmmakers we have brought to the U.S. since 2011 include; Carlos Rodriguez from TV Serrana (a community media project based in the Sierra Maestra Mountains), Rigoberto Jiménez, Karel Ducasse, Marilyn Solaya, Ariagna Fajardo, Armando Capó, Gustavo Pérez, and Gloria Rolando.