Aliyah Mitchell is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based filmmaker and photographer.
Driven by a Deep Interest in all Aspects of Filmmaking – Her production experiences range from producing and directing to gaffing/gripping and post-production management and editing. She holds a BA in filmmaking from the University of Michigan and currently manages and produces documentary-style content to promote learning, positive culture change, and DEI for the University of Michigan’s Business & Finance organization.
Longtime Enthusiasm for Linguistics and Language Acquisition – It drives her to produce narrative and documentary content exploring language, linguistics, and human communication. Having studied 7+ languages, she considers herself a practicing polyglot and for Aliyah, language of all types are integral to understanding and communicating everything.
Producer, Director, & Editor – Currently she’s producing a language docuseries and podcast – We Are What We Speak – with Salud Sin Papeles (2018) director Juan D. Freitez. This project unpacks how language perceptions can reveal deep, everyday truths about how we see and navigate the world. | Recently selected for the 2022 Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti, Aliyah produced and edited a short documentary about Mosaic artist and Tai Chi instructor, Master Wasentha Young. | She’s also editing a film project with cartoonist and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” writer Phoebe Gloeckner. | Currently in production is “Road to Life”, a documentary directed and produced by Aliyah, about two Muskegon, Michigan families with young children who must grapple with their family’s experiences with incarceration.
Making Change – Aliyah co-owns and operates two production companies focused on stories that help create positive and enduring social change, one film at a time: Cinergy3 (Muskegon, MI) & We Are What We Speak (Ann Arbor, MI).