Alexandra Codina, Director & Producer

MONICA & DAVID marks Alexandra Codina’s directorial and producing debut.  She was recently named one of the “10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2009”, by The Independent.  MONICA & DAVID had its world premiere in the First Appearance Competition at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and won 2nd place for the Audience Award.  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.

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. Alexandra is currently directing a short documentary on a 96-year-old farmer, and is developing the CineMia Coop to create community with fellow filmmakers in Miami.  She is on the boards of: The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade and Coconut Grove Cares.  Codina began working with adults with Down syndrome 16 years ago at a social program for adults with disabilities with her cousin Monica.  Born and raised in Miami where she currently lives and works.