The Cuba Project
TigerLily has deep roots in Cuba that extend all the way back to 2005. We’ve been frequenting the island the past three years to work on a variety of short- and long-format documentaries as part of a broader body of creative work. In 2017 we launched the Cuba Project – a unique, two-semester internship experience that immerses undergraduate students in another culture while providing them with real-world training in the multimedia industry.
We partner with educational institutions to provide opportunities for small groups of competitively-selected, interdisciplinary students to work as a team as they photo- and video-document their experience during an eight-day cultural immersion in and around Havana. While in Havana, interns shadow us and participate in our ongoing documentary work, all while capturing their own footage and still images to tell their own stories of their experiences from their perspectives.
The program is competitive and intensive. Students spend the first semester gaining a deep understanding of Cuba’s history, culture, and economy through selected readings, documentaries, and other media. Additionally, students receive hands-on training and mentorship from TigerLily industry professionals to prepare them for their eight-day trip to Cuba. Students then spend the second semester editing videos and designing a website that details their experience abroad.
In 2018, we partnered with Jacksonville University and mentored five students from various disciplines that span the arts and sciences. These students collaborated in myriad ways and ultimately launched a website that includes videos they shot and edited, photo essays and blog posts they penned about their experiences, and galleries of photos they took while in Cuba. It also includes a brief overview of the itinerary of their trip. Learn more about the project here: thecubaproject.com.