Film Screening: Hermanas en Ruedas with Producer Amberly Alene Ellis
|Venue:||FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, GC 140|
Amberly Alene Ellis, Director of Hermanas en Ruedas
Amberly Alene Ellis is an independent filmmaker, writer and documentarian based between the Caribbean and the U.S. Her work is dedicated to the belief that film is one of our greatest tools to ignite deeper human connection and inspire social change. She is a graduate of University of Maryland's School of Communications and holds an MFA in Film from American University. In 2015 she created Film For The People Productions. Her 2014 documentary Bullets Without Names was selected as an installation at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore to bring awareness to gun violence and was also nominated for Best Documentary at the American Vision's Awards. She was the recipient of a 2014 Tinker Grant to research cinema and social policy in Cuba at ICAIC, the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry. In 2016 she was awarded a Ruby Artist Grant from the Baltimore Cultural Alliance to film the journeys of ten African American youth from West Baltimore as they travel to Havana Cuba to learn African history. Her writing examines issues of race, gender and culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her latest documentary, Hermanas en Ruedas ( Sisters on Wheels) is premiered in Havana, Cuba on January of 2017. Hermanas in Ruedas follows the stories of young women in the underground skateboard culture in Havana.