Photo credit: Aymée Cruzalegui

Photo credit: Aymée Cruzalegui

Ani Mercedes is the Founder & Film Impact Distribution Producer of Looky Looky Pictures, and a filmmaker.

Her impact distribution work includes Councilwoman (impact producing), Our 100 Days by Fusion & Field of Vision (consulting on impact strategy), Monica & David (consulting on redistribution strategy), and Unaccompanied Children (impact producing).  

She founded Thriving Filmmaker, which helps filmmakers create sustainable careers through online workshops and a video podcast interviews with filmmakers, distributors, and funders.

She is a Sundance Institute Short Film Intensive Miami Fellow and Firelight Media Impact Producer Fellow. She started her film career as a Kartemquin Films intern, studying hours of raw footage from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters) via transcription, doing research for The Homestretch, and falling in love with the process of archiving 50- year-old footage.

She earned a Bachelors in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University. She was a White House intern (President Obama Administration), is a Teach for America alum, and is based in her hometown of Miami, Florida.