Alexandra Codina, Director & Producer

MONICA & DAVID marks Alexandra Codina’s directorial and producing debut. The film had its world premiere in the First Appearance Competition at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and won 2nd place for the Audience Award, won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Jury Award, was nominated for an Emmy Award, premiered on HBO, and broadcast in 33 countries.  The film’s DVD set a precedent for accessibility, including audio description for the menu and all content in English and Spanish.  MONICA & DAVID was featured in New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, ABC, Harper’s Bazaar, Variety, and Latina Magazine. A current Chicken & Egg Pictures Accelerator Lab grantee, Ali’s work has been supported by: Knight Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, The Perspective Fund, Sundance Knight Fellowship, South Florida Arts Consortium & Tribeca All Access.  She’s currently working on, UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN, her second feature documentary.

Ali’s film experience began ten years ago, as an intern for Big Mouth Productions, after graduating from Bowdoin College in Maine. She spent over two years working in independent production in New York, driving trucks and limos to get on film sets and learn.  Although she never studied film, Ali spent over four years supporting the work of filmmakers as Programmer & Outreach Manager for the Miami International Film Festival.  Codina worked closely with Festival director, Nicole Guillemet, and ran year-round programming. Parallel to her work at the Film Festival, Alexandra brought Cinema Tropical to Miami—the lead alternative distributor for Latin American cinema in the United States. She co-founded the Miami Filmmakers Collective to build local community.

Codina began working with adults with Down syndrome 16 years ago at a social program for adults with disabilities with her cousin Monica.  Of Cuban descent, Ali lives in Miami and is the mother of two young boys.