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MIAMI DADE COLLEGE COLLEGE f orum February 2017 • Volume 21 • Number 1 Festival Returns With 10 Days of World-Class Films Film lovers, re-joice! The 34th edition of MDC’s Miami Film Festival comes to town March 3-12, welcoming more than 400 producers, filmmakers, stars and indus-try professionals to multiple venues across the Magic City. Showcasing over 100 films from 30-plus countries, the cinematic extravaganza is the on-ly major film festival produced and presented by a college or university. This year promises an impressive lineup of films starring Steve Bus-cemi , Marion Cotillard , Gloria Estefan , Nathan Lane , William Levy , Edward James Olmos , Virginia Madsen and a myriad of oth-er award-winning actors. The Festival kicks off with the highly an-ticipated U.S. premiere of Joseph Cedar’s Norman , a U.S./Israeli co -production starring Lior Ashkenaz and Golden Globe-winner Richard Gere , who will be in attendance at the Festival. This dramatic thriller, which made its world premiere at the 2016 Telluride Film Festi-val, follows the story of a New York City operator who talks his way into Israeli politics. Alberto Rodríguez also explores the dark side of politics with Smoke and Mirrors . A follow-up to his 2014 film, Marshland , this thriller follows the true story of a political fixer in ’90s Spain. Venezuelan-born director Rober Calzadilla has a magnificent milestone with the Florida pre-miere of his debut movie, El Amparo . Based on true events that took place during Venezuela’s Richard Gere in Norman Lily-Rose Depp in The Dancer Marion Cotillard in It’s Only the End of the World Edward James Olmos in Monday Night at Seven A Steward of History MDC received the gift in tandem with the University of Miami. The collection in-cludes more than 2,300 rare books, maps, manuscripts, artifacts and historical materi-als with a combined value of approximately $30 million. Among the most high-profile pieces coming to MDC 1988 El Amparo Massacre, this powerful film brings new attention to the historic event and in-demnity of the powerful. Kenny Ortega also celebrates a major achieve-ment with the world premiere of his new film, A Change of Heart . This drama showcases stel-lar performances by a star-studded cast that in-cludes Jim Belushi and Kathy Najimy . Lily-Rose Depp , daughter of Oscar-nom-inated actor, Johnny Depp , gives a simi-larly moving performance in The Dancer , a French biographical musical drama directed by Stephanie Di Giusto. Continued on Page 16 Ceramic of Mayan god Known for excellent stew-ardship of historic buildings, artworks and artifacts, Miami Dade College recently re-ceived a major gift from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation , including many pre-Columbi-an objects that will be housed at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. is Christopher Columbus’ let-ter to the King and Queen of Spain printed in 1494, in-cluding a map with the first images of what Columbus believed to be islands in Asia. This collection will expand MDC’s ties with the Library of Congress and University of Pennsylvania. “I think this is an ideal partnership,” said Jay Kislak. “We have the opportunity to combine special resources of each institution to create exhibitions and programs that will be enjoyed by Mi-ami-Dade residents and the millions of people who visit here from all over the world.” National Champs Miami Dade College’s women’s vol-leyball team won the 2016 Nation-al Junior College Athletic Association championship in Casper, Wyoming. Ex-panding upon the College’s exception-al sports history, this was MDC’s ninth national title in women’s volleyball. For the full story, see Page 24.

Golden Days On The Silver Screen

Festival Returns With 10 Days of World-Class Films
Film lovers, rejoice! The 34th edition of MDC’s Miami Film Festival comes to town March 3-12, welcoming more than 400 producers, filmmakers, stars and industry professionals to multiple venues across the Magic City.

Showcasing over 100 films from 30-plus countries, the cinematic extravaganza is the only major film festival produced and presented by a college or university. This year promises an impressive lineup of films starring Steve Buscemi, Marion Cotillard, Gloria Estefan, Nathan Lane, William Levy, Edward James Olmos, Virginia Madsen and a myriad of other award-winning actors.

The Festival kicks off with the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of Joseph Cedar’s Norman, a U.S./Israeli co-production starring Lior Ashkenaz and Golden Globe-winner Richard Gere, who will be in attendance at the Festival. This dramatic thriller, which made its world premiere at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival, follows the story of a New York City operator who talks his way into Israeli politics.

Alberto Rodríguez also explores the dark side of politics with Smoke and Mirrors. A follow-up to his 2014 film, Marshland, this thriller follows the true story of a political fixer in ’90s Spain.



Richard Gere in Norman



Lily-Rose Depp in The Dancer



Marion Cotillard in It’s Only the End of the World



Edward James Olmos in Monday Night at Seven

Venezuelan-born director Rober Calzadilla has a magnificent milestone with the Florida premiere of his debut movie, El Amparo. Based on true events that took place during Venezuela’s Miami Dade College’s women’s volleyball team won the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association championship in Casper, Wyoming. Expanding upon the College’s exceptional sports history, this was MDC’s ninth national title in women’s volleyball. For the full story, see Page 24. National Champs Festival Returns With 10 Days of World-Class Films forum 1988 El Amparo Massacre, this powerful film brings new attention to the historic event and indemnity of the powerful.

Kenny Ortega also celebrates a major achievement with the world premiere of his new film, A Change of Heart. This drama showcases stellar performances by a star-studded cast that includes Jim Belushi and Kathy Najimy.

Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Oscar-nominated actor, Johnny Depp, gives a similarly moving performance in The Dancer, a French biographical musical drama directed by Stephanie Di Giusto.

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL
A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
Miami Filmmaker Steps Into the Spotlight

Besides showcasing works by renowned filmmakers, the Miami Film Festival serves as a platform to celebrate new talent, thanks to a bevy of unique educational opportunities and competitions for film students and aspiring filmmakers in the community.

Miami-born Cuban American Blake Jenner is one of 13 finalists of the Festival’s annual Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award. His first produced screenplay will come alive in the world premiere of Billy Boy, a film he also produced and stars in.

“Billy Boy is a story of a young man’s pursuit of redemption and self-discovery,” Jenner said. “Like so many of the youth of today, the film represents those who struggle to better themselves in spite of extreme obstacles. It’s my story.”

Billy Boy also stars Melissa Marie Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) and Andre Royo (The Wire). The film was directed by Bradley Buecker (Glee and American Horror Story).



Billy Boy

“Billy Boy is a story of a young man’s pursuit of redemption and self-discovery,” Jenner said. “Like so many of the youth of today, the film represents those who struggle to better themselves in spite of extreme obstacles. It’s my story.”

Billy Boy also stars Melissa Marie Benoist (Glee, Whiplash) and Andre Royo (The Wire). The film was directed by Bradley Buecker (Glee and American Horror Story).



Blake Jenner

From Screen to Canvas
To capture the beautifully diverse programming of this year’s Festival, MFF has selected Argentinian designer, photographer and graphic artist Juan Gatti, founder of Gatti Studios in Madrid, as the official poster artist for the Festival’s 34th edition.

Having recently lent his alluring and ornate style to Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Gatti is renowned for his work as an illustrator for cinema, magazines and record covers. He was bestowed with Spain’s National Design Award in 2004 and the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2009.

For over four decades, Gatti has contributed some of modern cinema’s most unique credit and title sequences, in films for Pedro Almodóvar (including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, High Heels, Broken Embraces and Volver), Alex de la Iglesia, Manuel Gómez Pereira, Susan Seidelman, Félix Sabroso and many more.

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A Red Carpet Affair
Miami Film Festival hosts a number of special events to celebrate today’s top film industry talent. Acclaimed box office star Richard Gere will open the Festival on March 3, followed by an Opening Night Gala screening of his new film, Norman, with the Champagne & Stars Opening Night Party to follow at Miami’s historic Alfred I. DuPont Building.

Other festival highlights include an evening with Spanish actress and fashion icon Rossy de Palma at the Olympia Theater; and the premiere of Emilio Estefan’s A Change of Heart, filmed in Miami and starring Gloria Estefan, Jim Belushi and William Levy.

The celebrations draw many of Hollywood’s biggest names year after year. Past festival attendees include Antonio Banderas, Candice Bergen, Willem Dafoe, Andy Garcia, Danny Glover, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Diane Keaton, Catherine Keener, Kevin Kline, Sophia Loren, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rodrigo Santoro, Sylvester Stallone, Liv Ullmann and hundreds more.





















Shattering the Glass Ceiling
MDC’s Miami Film Festival celebrates the industry’s unique voices during its 2017 program with a lineup of films by some of today’s most noteworthy women directors.

Making its world premiere, Embargo, directed by documentarian Jeri Rice, chronicles the history, impact and evolution of the Cuban embargo. The film shares information from recently declassified documents, as well as original interviews with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Sergei Khrushchev, Ted Sorensen and Lucie Arnaz.

Giving us a glimpse into life in conservative India, Lipstick Under My Burkha tells the story of four small-town women trying to chase their dreams through secret acts of rebellion. The film, directed by Alankrita Shrivastava, was named the Best Film on Gender Equality at the Mumbai Film Festival, as well as winner of the Spirit of Asia award at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Further exploring the theme of human behavior, Carrie Pilby, directed by Susan Johnson, is comedy drama about a person of high intelligence who struggles to make sense of the world as it relates to mortality, relationships, sex and leaving her apartment. The film stars Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne and Vanessa Bayer.



Don’t Blame Karma



Embargo



Carrie Pilby



Mr.Chibbs



Lipstick Under My Burkha



The Empty Box

Finding Ourselves In Film


Miami Film Festival and Google will once again partner on an innovative seminar addressing crucial gaps in the film industry, particularly in the stories that are told onscreen.

On March 4-5, the Google Seminar Series on Gender & Racial Gaps In Film & Tech will feature informative talks from invigorating voices working behind and in front of the camera. Each speaker will address issues and tactics for change in their respective fields.

Panel participants include actress/director Sarah Gadon, known for her roles in Indignation and Belle; film and TV editor Rebecca Theodore-Vachon; and Tilane Jones (Selma), the executive director of ARRAY, an independent film distribution collaborative dedicated to amplifying the voices of women filmmakers and filmmakers of color around the globe.



A Steward of History


Ceramic of Mayan god

Known for excellent stewardship of historic buildings, artworks and artifacts, Miami Dade College recently received a major gift from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, including many pre-Columbian objects that will be housed at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower.

MDC received the gift in tandem with the University of Miami. The collection includes more than 2,300 rare books, maps, manuscripts, artifacts and historical materials with a combined value of approximately $30 million.

Among the most highprofile pieces coming to MDC is Christopher Columbus’ letter to the King and Queen of Spain printed in 1494, including a map with the first images of what Columbus believed to be islands in Asia.

This collection will expand MDC’s ties with the Library of Congress and University of Pennsylvania.

“I think this is an ideal partnership,” said Jay Kislak. “We have the opportunity to combine special resources of each institution to create exhibitions and programs that will be enjoyed by Miami- Dade residents and the millions of people who visit here from all over the world.”

National Champs


Miami Dade College’s women’s volleyball team won the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association championship in Casper, Wyoming. Expanding upon the College’s exceptional sports history, this was MDC’s ninth national title in women’s volleyball. For the full story, see Page 24.

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