Allied Media Projects

Media strategies for a more just and creative world
Photo by Vanessa Miller
Photo by Vanessa Miller
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About AMP

  1. Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative, and collaborative world.

  2. We convene close to 2,000 people annually in Detroit to develop and exchange strategies through the Allied Media Conference.

  3. The conference is created each year through a participatory design process. Out of the conference emerge new projects, campaigns, and collaborations that continue year round.

Photo by Vanessa Miller
Photo by AJ Manoulian
Photo by Joe Namy
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Sponsored Projects

  1. AMP sponsors projects by providing fiscal management, program design, evaluation, fundraising and other support that draws from the capacities we have built after 15 years of producing the AMC.

  2. These "allied media projects" are autonomous and interdependent, working together to grow their own capacity and the capacity of our network as a whole.

  3. Current sponsored projects include Digital Stewards, Detroit Future Schools, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, Co.Open, and Complex Movements. Join us – fill out an assessment form for your project.

Photo by Vanessa Miller
Photo by Ara Howrani
Photo by Vanessa Miller
Photo by Ara Howrani
Photo by Ara Howrani

Allied Media Conference

  1. The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every Summer in Detroit.

  2. The AMC is a network of networks – social justice organizers, community technologists, transformative artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and many others – all using media in innovative ways.

  3. The 16th annual AMC is June 19-22, 2014 in Detroit. Register today! You can also sponsor the AMC.

Photo by AJ Manoulian
Photo by Vanessa Miller
Photo by Vanessa Miller
Photo by Ara Howrani


  1. AMPTalk is a discussion and organizing system for the Allied Media Projects network.

  2. We use AMPtalk to coordinate, share, and document Allied Media Conference sessions, tracks, network gatherings, and practice spaces.

  3. Start a discussion on the AMPtalk Newswire or share job postings, grant opportunities, and calls for submissions on the Opportunities board.


  1. Contact us, we'd love to hear from you.

Detroit Unleaded premieres at Toronto International Film Festival

Sep 12, 2012

Congratulations to director Rola Nashef and the cast and crew of Detroit Unleaded on the world premiere of the feature film at the Toronto International Film Festival last weekend.

Allied Media Projects staff and program participants were involved at various points in the production and promotion of this film.

Graduates of Allied Media Projects’ Detroit Future Media program built the website for the film, and Rola has screened rough-cuts of Detroit Unleaded and lead conversations on Black-Arab relations at the Allied Media Conference. Rola and Unleaded editor Nathanael Sherfield have also joined Detroit Future Media as guest instructors, leading trainings and discussions on the role of independent filmmaking in Detroit's economic development. DFM Program Coordinator Imad Hassan played a small on-screen part in the film and former AMP staff person Joe Namy assisted with production, post-production and the musical score.

The Detroit Unleaded story follows Sami, a young Arab-American trying to balance his dreams with responsibilities to his family, all while chasing love from behind his bulletproof glass cage in a Detroit gas station. The film is an honest, provocative exploration of Detroit's Arab-American community and the social and economic relationships between that community and the predominately African-American community of Detroit, through the lens of gas stations.

The film's multi-dimensional characters are compelling and relatable, whether or not you are Arab-American or from Detroit. Through Nashef's skillful writing and directing, Detroit Unleaded presents a powerful antidote to the dominant misrepresentations of Arabs and Arab-Americans in film.

Read the news coverage of the premiere, and of the film’s receipt of the Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award.

Watch the trailer here.