Who We Are
Alison Crouse is a filmmaker/photographer living and working in Philadelphia. She received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, and her BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Her narrative short, A Song of Fishes screened at the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, The Iris Prize (Wales, UK), Mix Brasil, the GAZE – Dublin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and toured with the NextFrame Film Festival. It is distributed by Indie Media Entertainment. Previous films, both narrative and documentary, have been screened and awarded as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival, the Northampton Independent Film Festival, the Philadelphia Great Expectations Mayoral Initiative, and have been broadcast nationally. Her photographic work has been exhibited across the United States and Canada, and published in the International Photography Annual 1, curated by the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center.
Her current documentary production, My Cells are Red Bananas, follows twelve-year-old Sakaiyah and her struggle with sickle cell anemia. Told largely from the perspective of a child too young to comprehend the complexities of her disease, the film aims to personalize the experience of her abstract struggle. The project was awarded an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation.
Nikki received her M.F.A. from the City College of New York. Her thesis film entitled, OPEN WOUND, received funding from The Princess Grace Foundation, The National Board of Review, The Bert Saperstein Foundation, The Institute for Humane Studies, Danielle & Larry Nyman Family and Public Media. OPEN WOUND was awarded the Best Documentary at the 2007 City Visions.
Nikki was the assistant editor for the SXSW Documentary Audience Award recipient, and HBO film, RUN GRANNY, RUN by Marlo Poras. She was also the Production Manager for; UNFEVER by Andrea Weiss and a Segment Director/Producer for Greta Schiller’s film, NO DINOSAURS IN HEAVEN.
Nikki is in postproduction for her feature, filmed while in West Africa, entitled THE CONTINENT OF LIGHT. It examines the tenuous relationship between Western aid and developing nations. She is also producing the feature length documentary, MY CELLS ARE RED BANANAS, a film by Alison Crouse that deals with the nuanced language of child with a chronic disease.
Documentaries that counter preconceived notions portrayed in the media and give voices to the voiceless are where her passion is ignited. She’s most interested in works that have the ability to open the viewer to the possibility of another thought or concept. Life is not black and white and some of the most interesting moments are what we experience in the gray.
Lindsey's films are humorous, sometimes dark looks at the inner workings of families going through crisis, often embracing the absurd. Her interests are in locations and how humans connect to the places they are from; in cyclical patterns of generations of women living in poverty in rural America and the bizarre tactics individuals, especially young girls and women, design to cope with traumatic experiences.
Using traditional narrative structures as the initial framework, Lindsey mixes in changing visual modes like home movies, documentary techniques, and animation. The changes in mode allow the viewer to explore character’s complex thought processes.
Lindsey's work has screened nationally and internationally including the Slamdance Film Festival, the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, San Francisco Doc Fest and the Nomad Project in Paris. Her film, Every Speed, won the Premio Asolo Award for Best Film on Architecture at the Asolo Art Film Festival. Her films have also screened at various conferences and symposiums around the U.S. Lindsey received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from Temple University. She currently resides in Philadelphia and teaches at the University of the Arts.