Who Are We
Alessandra Zeka is a Director, Producer and Cinematographer. Since founding Adrenaline Films in 1998, she has created a dynamic cinematic style wherein her subjects tell their stories compellingly and intimately. Her work often focuses on the lives of women and gender identity. She documents hard-to-find stories in locations spanning from Beijing to India, New Orleans, Albania, Coney Island, Central America and more. Born in Spain, she lives in New York City when she is not working or around the world.
“Ever since I can remember I have been driven by a curiosity for other people’s traditions, cultural identities and political histories; and the way they reverberate in our own lives. The nature of my documentary work reflects this, by focusing on people’s everyday lives. I seek to create an evocative and poetic portrait of my subjects by letting them tell their stories in their own words, thus hoping to bring insight and understanding to myself and to the viewer”.
Holen is a creative producer, director and editor of films and installation projects. Her work has been exhibited widely in festivals, galleries and broadcast in the U.S. and internationally. Since 1998 she has partnered with Adrenaline Films to produce and direct human rights based documentary films.
She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and as held Fellowships at Yale University’s Center for International and Area Studies, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. Holen has also worked as a post-supervisor for HBO, and an editor on numerous documentary films in the US and Canada. When not making films, she climbs volcanoes and lives in a geodesic dome