Artvamp was founded in 2000 by Kristie Alshaibi, a filmmaker, photographer, video and performance artist, and designer. It is now owned and managed by she and her husband, Usama Alshaibi, an award winning independent filmmaker, documentarian, photographer, and painter. Please click the links above for more detailed information on both partners.
Artvamp produces and supports a number of different projects, from feature-length independent movies, to film events, to performance, to web sites, books and digital art. Our work has been shown to intimate audiences in alternative venues across the globe and to broader audiences on the Sundance Channel and at well-known theaters and festivals. Collectively we’ve received grants and fellowships for our moving images from organizations like Creative Capital and The MacArthur Foundation, and we’ve been published in magazines, and interviewed for media as mainstream as Variety and MTV. If we like a project or are inspired by an idea, we pursue it, regardless of the genre or medium in which we are working.
Both Kristie and Usama have been teaching what they know about film and media for several years. In 2014 they are beginning a new series of one day seminars to help aspiring makers enrich their understanding, begin their projects and get them out into the world.