Documentaries and Videos

General Interest Documentaries

The Weeping Season (in production)

In this in-production feature documentary, I try to solve the mystery of my father’s 1983 disappearance in the Venezuelan Amazon. While investigating my father’s vanishing and his life as an inventor, economist, and writer, I also come to terms with the collapse of my homeland under a populist, nationalist regime. We have received various grants for the film, which have allowed us to film in Venezuela, the US, Spain, and Portugal. We are currently in production.

Press

Hidalgo, Alexandra. “Alexandra Hidalgo: The Kinship of Storytelling.” MSU Today.

Gardner, David. “Episode 9: Alexandra Hidalgo.” One Thought Podcast. 25 June 2018.

Graban, Tarez. “Stone Walls and Summer Projects.” Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition Blog. 17 July 2018.

A Place at the Table (17 minutes, 2017)

This short documentary blends the disembodied voices of attendees describing their experience at the March on Lansing with footage of the event to create an immersive, meditative experience of the march for audiences. It was published in the Public Philosophy Journal and exhibited at east arbor architecture + gallery.

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Public Philosophy Journal vol. 1 no. 1. Spring 2018.

Film Festival Award

First Place Documentary Award. North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan. March, 2017.

Film Festival Official Selection

North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan. March, 2017.

Gallery Exhibit

east arbor architecture + gallery. East Lansing, Michigan. Solo show. August-September, 2018.

Press

A Place at the Table Film Installation Opening Reception.” City Pulse. Lansing, Michigan. 31 Aug. 2018.

Downtown Gallery Series Continues with First Video Installation.” East Lansing Info. East Lansing, Michigan. 30 Aug. 2018.

Teta (25 minutes, 2017)

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 24 film festivals in 13 countries and received 7 film festival awards.

Awards

Best Documentary Film. Jaipur International Film Festival. Jaipur, India. January 2018.

Best Documentary Short Film. South Film and Arts Academy Film Festival. Rancagua, Chile. January 2018.

Honorable Mention Award. United Latino Film Festival. Hudson, Ohio. July 2017.

Best Documentary Short Film. Five Continents International Film Festival. Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela. May 2017.

Award of Merit—Documentary Short. International Film Festival for Family, Against Drug Abuse, and Trafficking, Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Award of Merit—Director. International Film Festival for Family, Against Drug Abuse, and Trafficking, Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Second Place Documentary Award. North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan. March, 2017.

Award Nominations

Best Michigan Film Nominee. Detroit SheTown Film Festival. Detroit, Michigan. September 2018.

Best Documentary Nominee. iChill Manila International Film Festival. Manila, The Philippines. July 2018.

Best Poster Nominee. Five Continents International Film Festival. Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela. May 2017.

Film Festival Official Selection

Seoul International NewMedia Festival. Seoul, Korea. July 2019.

The Buddha International Film Festival. Pune, Maharashtra, India. June 2019.

Coletiva Malva’s Mostra de Cine Feminista. Belo Horizonte, Brazil. May 2019.

Herstory Cinephilia Society Cinema. Nashville, Tennessee. November, 2018.

Detroit SheTown Film Festival. Detroit, Michigan. September 2018.

iChill Manila International Film Festival. Manila, The Philippines. July 2018.

South Film and Arts Academy Film Festival. Rancagua, Chile. January 2018.

Docs Without Borders. Online Film Festival. March 2018.

Jaipur International Film Festival. Jaipur, India. January 2018.

Los Angeles International Film Festival. San Rafael. Segovia, Spain. December 2017.

Great Lakes International Film Festival. Erie, Pennsylvania. October 2017.

Boston Latino International Film Festival. Boston, Massachusetts. September 2017.

The 3rd Atlantic International Film Festival. Barranquilla, Colombia. September 2017.

The 2nd United Latino International Film Festival. Hudson, Ohio. August 2017.

Accolade Global Film Competition. Online competition. August 2017.

Santa Cruz International Film Festival. Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina. June 2017.

Five Continents International Film Festival. Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, May 2017.

International Film Festival for Family, Against Drug Abuse, and Trafficking, Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia. May 2017.

Cine Pobre Film Festival. La Paz, Mexico. May 2017.

Athens International Film + Video Festival, Athens, Ohio. April 2017.

Capital City Film Festival, Lansing, Michigan. April 2017.

Depth of Field International Film Festival Competition. Online Film Festival. March 2017.

Audience Awards Female Filmmakers Film Festival. Online Film Festival. March 2017.

Colortape International Film Festival, Burbank, Australia. March 2017.

North by Midwest Micro-Budget Film Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan. March 2017.

Film Series Screenings

Film Vault Presents. Manchester, England. May 2019.

University Screenings

Indiana University. Sponsored by #DirectedbyWomen, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Cinema and Media Studies, and Media Services. September 2017.

Conference Screenings

Cultural Rhetorics Conference, East Lansing. October 2016.

Press

Free film screening to celebrate women directors.” The Media School Report. 5 Sept. 2017.

William and Santiago Simultaneous (5 minutes, 2016)

This short documentary asks a question millions of parents ask themselves: just how alike are my children? I filmed my sons reaching the same milestones during the boys’ first year of life and placed them side by side on the screen so audiences can see how the boys’ individual journeys mirror each other. Besides providing a meditation on how siblings grow up, the film is a joyful look at what it’s like to make sense of the world for the first time. It has been the official selection at 4 film festivals.

Film Festival Official Selection

Audience Awards Women’s Film Challenge. Online film festival. March-April 2017.

Audience Awards Documentary. Online film festival. March 2017.

Marcellus Movie Madness Family Film Festival. Marcellus, New York. November 2016.

Feel the Reel International Film Festival. Glasgow, Scotland. August 2016.

Reviews

William and Santiago Simultaneous.” Review by Feel the Reel International Film Festival. November, 2016.

Conference Screenings

I screened and discussed the film as part of my presentation “William and Santiago Simultaneous: An Exploration of Time, Love, Culture, and Documentary Filmmaking.” Cultural Rhetorics Conference, East Lansing. October 2016.

Vanishing Borders (90 minutes, 2014)

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 11 film festivals and 7 universities, received 5 film festival awards, and been featured on multiple press outlets.

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.

World Award of Merit. World Film Awards. Jakarta, Indonesia. May 2016.

Platinum Award Winner. International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues, and Zero Discrimination. Jakarta, Indonesia. March 2016.

Film Festival Official Selection

Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival. Spokane, Washington. February 2017.

International Women’s Film Festival. Orlando, Florida. October 2016.

Docs Without Borders Film Festival. Global festival. October 2016.

Glendale International Film Festival, Los Angeles, California. October 2016.

All Lights India International Film Festival. Hyderabad, India. September 2016.

WIND International Film Festival. North Hollywood, California. July 2016.

International Film Festival For Environment, Health and Culture. Jakarta, Indonesia. May 2016.

World Film Awards. Jakarta, Indonesia. May 2016.

Equinox Women’s Film Festival. Palmer, Alaska. March 2016.

International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues, and Zero Discrimination. Jakarta, Indonesia. March, 2016.

Commffest 2015 10th Annual Film and Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada. September 2015.

Conference Screenings

I presented “Cultural Film and Video Production: Exploring Race and Gender Through Documentary Filmmaking,” a scholarly piece based on the film and including scenes from it at the Cultural Rhetorics Conference, East Lansing. October 2014.

Scenes screened at my panel presentation, “Transformative Multinational Identities: The Rhetoric of Hybridity in Female Immigration” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, New Orleans. March 2013.

University Screenings

Purdue University. Screening sponsored by the Department of English and Writing and Rhetoric Program. October 2016.

Miami University of Ohio. Screening part of the Miami University Art Museum Welcome to America Program. Co-sponsored by the Art Museum Student Organization, the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film, the Department of Political Science, the Center for American and World Cultures, and the Department of Sociology and Gerontology.

Auburn University at Montgomery. Screening part of the Political Film Series. March 2016.

New York University. Screening part of the Multiple Identity Series. February 2016.

Washington State University. September 2015.

Michigan State University. Screening part of Global Film Series. November 2014.

Community Screenings

Dayton Metro Library – Madden Hills Branch. Sponsored by Dayton Hispanic Chamber, OhioNOW, and Welcome Dayton. May 2015.

Akron-Summit Public Library. Sponsored by Global Ties Akron, International Institute of Akron and Joshua Tree Productions. March 2015.

Interviews

Former Daytonian Produces Feature Length Immigration Documentary.” WYSO Weekend. WYSO. WYSO, Miami Valley. 10 May 2015. Radio.

A New Documentary Explores Immigration from a Woman’s Perspective.” Stateside. Michigan Radio. WUOM, Ann Arbor. 8 Dec. 2014. Radio.

Articles

Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival features discussion with Alexandra Hidalgo on Feb. 9.” Whitworth University News. 27 January 2017.

Hewitt, Howard. “Film screening highlights immigrants’ positive impact.” Purdue Today. 10 October 2016.

Garnai, Bridget. “Documentary Film: Vanishing Borders.” The Miami University Art Museum Student Blog. 3 October 2016.

WSU Writing Program Welcomes Latina author Cecilia Rodrígues-Milanés and filmmaker Alexandra Hidalgo for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 presentations.” The Writing Program. 18 Sept. 2015.

“Proyección de Vanishing Borders en la Biblioteca Madden Hills Branch.” La Vanguardia Hoy [Dayton, Ohio]. 15 May 2015.

“PW Students Help Professor with Documentary, Vanishing Borders.” Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. Michigan State University. 11 Feb. 2015.

Composition Faculty Creates Score and More.” College of Music. Michigan State University. 21 Nov. 2014.

Proyectarán en Michigan documental sobre experiencia de las mujeres en la inmigración.” Associated Press story published by national and international publications, including Fox News Latino, Yahoo Noticias en Español, and Univision Noticias. 17 Nov. 2014.

“Film Shows Immigration from Woman’s Perspective.” Associated Press story published by various publications, including WLNS.com, Fox 32 News, and the Alva Review-Courier. 17 Nov. 2014.

Parker, Kristen. “A Documentary Explores Immigration from a Woman’s Perspective.” MSU Today. Michigan State University. 17 Nov. 2014.

Simmons, Elizabeth H. and Alexandra Hidalgo. “Vanishing Borders: An MSU Documentary Collaboration.” Dean’s Corner. Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters. 11 Nov. 2014.

Television

Auburn Montgomery’s Political Film Series.” NBC. 12 WSFA, Montgomery. 7 March 2016. Television.

Invited Blog Posts

Exploring Freedom Through Immigration in Vanishing Borders.” Let’s All Be Free Film Festival. 10 Aug. 2015.

PERFECT: A Conversation with the Venezuelan Middle Class About Female Beauty and Breast Implants (25 minutes, 2009)
This short documentary features interviews with 13 middle-class Venezuelan women and men discussing the prevalence of breast implant surgery in their motherland. It has been the official selection at four film festivals and screened various conferences.

Awards

Golden Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival, San Diego, California. May 2010.

Film Festival Official Selection

Culture Unplugged Film Festival, online festival. December 2014.

Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival, Mumbai, India. October 2013.

Mirror/Lens: Women in Film & Women Making Film, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. October-November, 2011.

Reynolda Film Festival, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina. March 2011.

Conference Screenings

Scenes screened at my panel presentation, “National Pride, Equilibrium, and Freedom: The Rhetoric of Breast Implants in Venezuela” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Atlanta. April 2011.

Scenes screened at my panel presentation, “Perfect: A Conversation with the Venezuelan Middle Class about Female Beauty and Breast Implants” at Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, Lansing. October 2009.

University Screenings

University of Central Florida, Orlando, sponsored by the Hispanic American Student Association. September 2010.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Spanish, and Film and Video Studies. October 2009.

Community Screenings

Caracas Theater Club, Caracas, Venezuela. December 2010.

Artist Spencer Tunick’s Studio, Hudson Valley, New York. January 2010.

Publications

Scenes featured in “National Identity, Normalization, and Equilibrium: The Rhetoric of Breast Implants in Venezuela.” Enculturation: a Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture 13 (2012).

Academic Documentaries

Lifting as We Climb: The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition 25 Years and Beyond (20 minutes, 2015)
This short documentary features interviews with nine members of the Coalition in order to record its history and discuss the challenges and goals that will shape the next quarter of a century. It was published in Peitho.

Publications

Lifting as We Climb: The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition 25 Years and Beyond.” Peitho: Journal of The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Vol. 18, no. 1 Fall/Winter 2015.

Conference Screenings

“Lifting as We Climb” was screened on viewing stations during the duration of Feminisms and Rhetorics, Tempe. October 2015.

The Underside of Dracula: Community and Masculinity in Pinball (20 minutes, 2013)
This short documentary showcases interviews with three members of the Main Street Amusements Pinball League in Lafayette, Indiana. The interviewees discuss the ways in which pinball has helped them bond with fellow players and develop their identity as pinball players, as well as why women tend to be absent from leagues such as theirs. It was published in Itineration.

Publications

The Underside of Dracula.” Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture, 2016.

Conference Screenings

“Underside of Dracula” was one of eight digital texts screened simultaneously in an arcade-style presentation titled “MLArcade” at the Modern Language Association Convention, Boston. January 2013.

Writing and Working for Change Video Project (five 20-minute videos, 2012)
As a component of NCTE’s Listening to our Elders: Writing and Working for Change, edited by Samantha Blackmon, Cristina Kirklighter, and Stephen Parks, I filmed interviews with members and past and present chairs of the American Indian, Asian/Asian American, Black, Latina/o, and Queer Caucuses. I edited the interviews, as well as footage of caucus meetings and member presentations into short documentaries that discuss the history, current situation, and goals of the caucuses, while exploring the benefits of inter-caucus collaboration. The films are featured on NCTE’s website.

Academic Online Presence

The videos are featured on NCTE’s Listening to our Elders webpage.

Hutton Lecture Series (four videos of various lengths, 2010)
I filmed the Hutton Lecture Series, a biannual event sponsored by Purdue University’s Rhetoric and Composition program. The speakers were Jacqueline Jones Royster, James Dubinsky, Malea Powell, and Christiane Donahue. Through this project, the Hutton Lectures are publicly accessible for the first time since their inception, widening their reach and creating a record for future scholars.

Pedagogical Screenings

Allen Brizee, Assistant Professor at Loyola University Maryland, screens Dubinsky’s Hutton Lecture in three courses, “Writing for the Web,” “Rhetoric of Professional Writing,” and “Technical Writing.”

Making Writing Public: Introductory Composition and Purdue 2009 Showcase (20 minutes, 2009)
In this short documentary, I interview graduate and undergraduate presenters at the Introductory Composition at Purdue Showcase, as well as student and faculty attendees who discuss their reactions to the work. Making Writing Public presents a spectrum of the kinds of projects produced by Purdue students, providing audiences with an in-depth look at the rhetorical thinking developed in First-Year Composition courses. The documentary screened at Computers and Writing Conference.

Conference Screenings

The film screened at my panel presentation, “Making Writing Public: Introductory Composition at Purdue 2009 Showcase.” Computers and Writing, West Lafayette. 2010.

Pedagogical Screenings

Rotating Mentors and Technology Mentors at Purdue University in “First-Year Composition Practicum.”

Rotating Writing Lab staff at Purdue University in “Introductory Composition at Purdue Showcase Workshops.”

Videos Made for Online Consumption

Un bon mariage: David Lamelas at the Broad (6 minutes, 2018). Featured on the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University YouTube Channel. Screened at the Broad during their November Broad Underground Film Series in November, 2018.

Working with the Press: A Guide for Academics (3 minutes, 2018). Featured on the website for the Conference on College Composition and Communication Strategic Action Task Force.

Latinx Caucus 2017 Business Meeting (1 minute, 2017). Featured on Latino Rebels.

A Visual Argument for Ethnic Studies (2 minutes, 2016). Featured on Literacy & NCTE.

Latin@s Taking Action (5 minutes, 2016). Featured on Literacy & NCTE.

#FavWomanFilmmaker Monday Video (5 minutes, 2015). Featured on IndieWire, NPR, and others.

Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés Reading Barbie (12 minutes, 2015).

A Mother’s Cinematic Peregrinations (5 minutes, 2015). Featured on Raising Films.

Vanishing Borders Akron Screening (4 minutes, 2015).

Crew and Postproduction Work

Advisor. Joshua Gippin’s feature documentary The Chosen People? (69 minutes, 2017).

Assistant Editor and Videographer.Joseph Arthur’s – The Campaign Song.” (4 minutes, 2016).
I collaborated with artist Spencer Tunick to film and edit footage for singer Joseph Arthur’s official video for his song “The Campaign Song.” The video was featured in Paste Magazine, New Noise Magazine, and Cleve Scene.

Co-producer (with Savannah Smith, Sarah Shaw, and Lindsey Spitzley). “How Many Can YOU Name?” (3 minutes, 2016).

Co-producer (with Savannah Smith and Sarah Shaw). “OscarsSoWhite.” (4 minutes, 2016).