“Is This Alabama?” is a project of the Center for American Progress, America’s Voice Education Fund, and Define American. The videos were written and directed by Chris Weitz.
Chris Weitz is the award-winning director of “A Better Life,” an authentic and compelling tale of the lives of today’s immigrants. Weitz previously directed “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” based on the second novel in the best-selling Twilight series, which has grossed more than $700 million worldwide. He adapted and directed the Oscar®-winning epic fantasy adventure “The Golden Compass,” and co-directed the award-winning hit films “About a Boy” and “American Pie.”
Center for American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. American Progress develops new policy ideas, critiques the policy that stems from conservative values, challenges the media to cover the issues that truly matter, and shapes the national debate.
America’s Voice Education Fund works to create the public momentum for reforms that will transform a dysfunctional immigration system into a regulatory system that works by conducting cutting-edge public opinion research, performing rapid response communications in English and Spanish, and supporting courageous leaders who are standing up for real immigration reform.
Define American is a multimedia campaign co-founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas, Jehmu Greene, Alicia Menendez, and Jake Brewer, and it brings new voices into the immigration conversation, shining a light on a growing 21st century Underground Railroad: American citizens who are forced to fill in where our broken immigration system fails.
A special thanks to videographers Maria Ponce and Ann Lupo.