Amie Williams

Filmmaker/adventurer, founder of GlobalGirl Media

Amie founded her own film/video production company, GLOBALGIRLMEDIA PRODUCTIONS (Formerly Bal Maiden Films) in 1991, at the dawn of the digital revolution, when the entire landscape of filmmaking was shifting. A renowned American feminist/activist filmmaker and journalist, Amie is never content to stay put when there is a rally, protest, election, or uprising to follow. Since 1998, she has been excavating stories from Siberia to Soweto, Tokyo to Nairobi, crossing borders, building bridges and pushing boundaries, as well as her art to activate dialogue and debate. Her work has broadcast on PBS, Al Jazeera, BBC, Current TV and CBC Canada. Her feature documentary films include UNCOMMON GROUND, FALLON, NV: DEADLY OASIS, STRIPPED AND TEASED, ONE DAY LONGER, NO SWEAT, and most recently, WE ARE WISCONSIN, a film about the citizen uprising against anti-worker legislation, recently nominated for an International Documentary Association Award and featured on, “This film will be the record people will refer to a hundred years from now when they study this era of greed. ” said Michael Moore, who hosted her his Traverse City Film Festival in 2012. In 2010, Amie co-founded the non-profit, GLOBALGIRL MEDIA, which develops the voice and media literacy of young women by teaching them to create and share digital journalism designed to improve scholastic achievement, ignite community activism and spark social change. Currently, she is the Executive Director, managing projects in South Africa, Morocco, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Tunisia and Oakland, California. Through this work Amie has blogged for Huffungton Post, and has written as a freelance journalist, most recently for and TruthDig. She also gave a Tedx TALK on women in media in Barcelona in 2015: Amie also works as a freelance producer/director for Al Jazeera English and produces short documentaries, PSA’s, and political ads for a variety of clients, organizations, NGO’s, etc. Amie's films have won numerous awards, such as the International Documentary Association Award, Top Ten Audience Aweard at Hot Docs, a National Endowment for the Arts Media Grant, the SONY/Streisand Award for emerging female filmmakers, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation International Peace Grant. In 2010 she was selected to tour the world by the America Film Institute /U.S. State Department, partnering with other filmmakers in the inaugural 20/20 Cultural Exchange Program (now run by the Sundance Institute and State Department). Amie is also in development for her first narrative feature, A JOURNEY OF WINTER AND SUMMER, a story of two sisters from Tunisia, one of whom runs away to join ISIS (in development with the Tunisian/Paris Company) CineteleFilms. Prior to her film career, she lived and worked in Kenya as a teacher and health-communications consultant for the Ford Foundation and Care, International and continues to sponsor a street theater group of homeless AIDS orphans in Nairobi. Amie graduated from Yale University (B.A., English and Theater, 1985); and U.C.L.A (MFA, Film, 1992).