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Screening Miami Free Film Series Explores South Florida's Movie Image at the Cosford Cinema, Oct. 11 & Nov. 8

    • Al Pacino starred in the classic '80s film, Scarface, which was filmed in Miami.
    • Al Pacino starred in the classic '80s film, Scarface, which was filmed in Miami.

From a drug runner’s paradise to a neon-lit party spot for the rich and famous, the image of Miami in movies runs the gamut, but how has Hollywood portrayed the “Magic City” over the last four decades? 

The Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies
at the University of Miami presents “Screening Miami – Film Projections of South Florida Over Time,” a film and discussion series that explores the movie image of South Florida from the 1940s to the present day.  The free series takes place at 7 p.m., Oct. 11 with a 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m., Nov. 8 with 8 p.m. reception at UM’s Bill Cosford Cinema, 1111 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables.

Screening Miami features the classic film A Hole in the Head (1959) with Frank Sinatra followed by a discussion with scholars and filmmakers from the University of Miami. Another part of the series looks at filmmaking in Miami with a clip-guided tour of defining cinematic moments, and present-day opportunities and obstacles for those working in film, television, and new media who choose to make Miami their home base.

"This is a great opportunity to reflect on our cultural representation in local terms. By gaining some historical perspective, we realize that images of Miami are much more diverse than we often think," says Christina Lane, Director of the Norton Herrick Center and Associate Professor in Film Studies.

On Oct. 11, Screening Miami presents A Hole in the Head directed by Frank Capra. Frank Sinatra plays a widower struggling to hold on to his small Miami hotel as it is overtaken by luxury towers such as the Fontainebleau and the Eden Roc. The film provides a fascinating look at mid-century Miami at the height of the "hotel wars." Following the screening, filmmaker and scholar Gaspar Gonzalez leads a discussion “All Miami’s Tomorrow’s: Sinatra, The Fontainebleau, and the Post-War American Dream.”

The series continues on Nov. 8 with “Home Grown: South Florida Filmmaking Today.” School of Communication Cinema Professor Lisa Gottlieb discusses the contemporary landscape of South Florida filmmaking. Mapping the recent past with a clip-guided tour of defining cinematic moments, Gottlieb addresses present-day opportunities and obstacles for those working in film, television, and new media who choose to make Miami their home base. Gottlieb is Associate Professor in the Motion Picture Program at UM. She has directed three award winning feature films: Just One of the Guys, Cadillac Ranch, and Across the Moon as well as the TV shows, “Dream On”, “Freddy’s Nightmares” and “Boy Meets World.”

For more information about Screening Miami, contact clane@miami.edu or 305-284-3657 or visit cosfordcinema.com.


SCREENING MIAMI EVENTS
Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

A HOLE IN THE HEAD, starring Frank Sinatra and directed by Frank Capra, 7 p.m. film with introduction by filmmaker and scholar Gaspar Gonzalez, 6 p.m. reception, Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami, A discussion, “All Miami’s Tomorrow’s: Sinatra, The Fontainebleau, and the Post-War American Dream” follows the film. Free event.

Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
HOMEGROWN: SOUTH FLORIDA FILMMAKING TODAY: School of Communication Cinema Professor Lisa Gottlieb discusses the contemporary landscape of South Florida filmmaking using clips of defining cinematic moments, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, reception at 8 p.m., at the Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami, Free event. Visit www.cosfordcinema.com.

*Watch a preview of A Hole in the Head here:

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