Michigan State University

Alexandra Hidalgo, Director

Office: 265 Bessey Hall
Email: hidalgo5@msu.edu
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About

Alexandra Hidalgo is an award-winning Venezuelan filmmaker whose documentaries have been official selections at film festivals in 14 countries. The Weeping Season is her second feature as director and producer. Her short documentary Teta has been selected for 19 film festivals and won 7 awards. Alexandra is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of agnès films, a digital publication that supports the work of women and feminist filmmakers. She has spearheaded various activist campaigns toward increasing the number of women behind the camera. These campaigns have been featured on The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, NPR, and Women and Hollywood. Having received her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition with a concentration in film and video production from Purdue University, Alexandra is now an assistant professor and co-director of The Documentary Film Lab at Michigan State University. Her video book, Cámara Retórica: A Feminist Filmmaking Methodology for Rhetoric and Composition received the 2017 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award. Her academic video essays have been published in premiere peer-reviewed digital journals like Enculturation, Kairos, and Peitho.

Filmography

The Weeping Season
Feature Film, in production
Director, Writer, Producer, Co-Editor

This feature documentary tells the story of my father’s 1983 disappearance in the Venezuelan Amazon when I was six years old and of my search to not only find out what happened to him but to understand his life and legacy. Shot over 14 years in Venezuela, the US, Spain, and Portugal the film weaves the loss of a parent with the loss of a homeland, exploring the current economic and political crisis in Venezuela. We have received various grants for the film and are currently in production.


Teta
Short Documentary, 2016
Director, Writer, Producer, Editor

This short documentary tells the story of my journey nursing my youngest son, Santiago, for twenty-two months. Teta uses my narration and the footage shot by my husband to portray the ups and downs of nursing a baby as a working mother of two. As the film shows Santiago go from his first nursing session minutes after being born to his last as a walking and talking toddler, Teta illustrates the transcendent emotional bond created by nursing, not only between mother and child but between all members of the family. It has been the official selection at nineteen film festivals and received seven film festival awards.

Selected Awards

 

Vanishing Borders
Feature Film, 2014
Director, Producer, Editor

This feature documentary showcases the lives of four immigrant women living in New York City, who transform their communities with their work. The film provides a personal and complex portrayal of immigration in contrast to the abstract and generalized representations often found in the mainstream media. It has been the official selection at eleven film festivals and seven universities, received five film festival awards, and been featured on multiple press outlets.
 

Selected Awards

  • Gold Award Winner. World Tolerance Awards. Jakarta, Indonesia. December 2016.
  • Kudos Endeavor Award for Human Spirit Feature. Docs Without Borders Film Festival. Nassau, Delaware. October 2016.
  • International Award of Excellence. International Film Festival For Environment, Health and Culture. Jakarta, Indonesia. May 2016.
  • Platinum Award Winner. International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues, and Zero Discrimination. Jakarta, Indonesia. March, 2016.

Publications

Cámara Retórica: A Feminist Filmmaking Methodology for Rhetoric and Composition. Logan, UT: Computers and Composition Digital P/Utah State UP, 2017.

  • Winner of the 2017 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award

Creating our Pasts Together: A Cultural Rhetorics Approach to Memoir.” Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics 2.1 (2018).

A Feminist Approach to Social Media” (with Katie Grimes). Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 12.2 (2017).

Alto Precio: Love, Loss, and Rebellion in Raising Bilingual Children.” Technoculture: an Online Journal of Technology in Society 6 (2016).

Vanishing Fronteras: A Call for Documentary Filmmaking in Cultural Rhetorics (con la ayuda de Anzaldúa).” Enculturation: a Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture 21 (2016).

Grants and Fellowships

DH@MSU Seed Grant. Michigan State University. 2018.

Diversity Research Network Launch Award. Michigan State University. 2017.

College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Initiative Award. Michigan State University, 2017-2018.

Humanities and Arts Research Program Development Grant. Michigan State University. 2017.

College of Arts and Letters Faculty Summer Fellowship. Michigan State University, 2016.

Education

Ph.D. in English
Purdue University, August 2013

M.F.A. in Creative Writing – Fiction
Naropa University, May 2004

B.A. in Philosophy
Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, June 2000

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