Amberly Alene Ellis is a documentary filmmaker born in Baltimore, living in Havana, Cuba. Her films examine issues of race, gender, culture and social mobilization in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a graduate of University of Maryland's School of Communications and holds an MFA in Film from American University. 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. Her 2014 documentary Bullets Without Names was selected as part of an installation at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore to bring awareness to gun violence, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. The film, was also nominated for Best Documentary at the American Vision's Awards.

In 2016 she was awarded a Ruby Artist Grant from the Baltimore Cultural Alliance. Her 2017 her poem Black dedicated to Afro Colombian activist, Francia Márquez Mina screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Her writing examines issues of race, gender and culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her latest documentary, Hermanas en Ruedas  (Sisters on Wheels) premiered in Havana, Cuba on January of 2017. Hermanas in Ruedas follows the stories of young women in the underground skateboard culture in Havana. The film won 'Most Inspirational' at the 2017 First Up TV Festival in Oakland, CA. Her photo series Havana in Squares will premiere on exhibit at the Motorhouse Gallery in Baltimore in fall of 2018. She recently filmed a series of short stories, called Puerto Rico Rising  that examine untold stories from the island in a time of struggle and change.  In summer of 2018, she curated her first installation, "Eyes, Voice, Memory", a youth digital storytelling project that premiered at the Light Box in Miami, FL.  

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