Sabrina Avilés has worked as an independent film and video producer for over 25 years, which have taken her throughout Latin America, Canada and Europe. She recently completed work on her first American Experience, “American Comandante,” a documentary about William Alexander Morgan, a native of Toledo, Ohio who fought against Fulgencio Batista in Cuba and was the sole foreigner, other than Che Guevara to achieve the rank of Comandante. Before that, she worked on “An Unexpected History: the Story of Hennessy and African Americans” and “The Raising of America,” a PBS documentary series about early childhood development produced by California Newsreel. In 2012, she was part of the producing team on the Peabody award-winning PBS series, “Latino Americans.” That same year, Ms. Avilés received development funds from the prestigious Independent Television Services (ITVS) to begin work on a documentary about the sterilization of Puerto Rican women. As an independent producer, Ms. Avilés has also co-produced independent documentaries, among them: Mi Puerto Rico (1995), a 90-minute documentary on the history of Puerto Rico.
An active participant of Boston’s arts and culture community, Ms. Avilés was also the former Director of the Center for Latino Arts (now Villa Victoria Center for the Arts), the only multi-functional community arts center in New England dedicated to promoting and preserving Latin American art and culture. She continues her work in the arts through teaching and directing a flamenco dance company, “Flamenco Dance Project.” A member of NALIP (National Association of Independent Producers), she co-directed the Boston Latino International Film Festival from 2004 – 2007. In January 2016, Ms. Avilés became the new Executive Director of BLIFF.
Born in Washington Heights, Ms. Avilés’ family originates from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. She earned a B.S. in Broadcasting/Film from Boston University.