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Inaugural Shorts Miami International Film Festival Coming to the Bill Cosford Cinema

The internationally recognized University of Miami School of Communication announces its inaugural Shorts Miami International Film Festival, to be held Feb. 3-5 at the Bill Cosford Cinema in Coral Gables. The festival seeks to showcase emerging and established filmmakers in a competition that aims to promote excellence in short form narrative and documentary filmmaking. Monetary awards of $500 will be given to the best jury-selected U.S. or international short film (20 minutes or less) in each of the following competitions: Narrative and Documentary. A $500 Best of the Festival cash-award [...]

2023-01-23T14:56:44-05:00January 23, 2023|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

Students Focus Their Cameras on New Artists at the U

By Janette Neuwahl Tannen Film students in Professor Ed Talavera’s class learn key skills in cinematography, while helping to create music videos at no cost for emerging artists. Before this fall, junior Grecia Dianel Rivera had never performed her own songs for a video audience. Yet, early in October, a class of 15 film students surrounded the young Puerto Rican vocalist as she lip-synced along to one of her own songs, “Cuanto es dos mas dos,” or “How much is two plus two?” in a studio at the University of Miami School [...]

2022-12-12T11:08:38-05:00December 12, 2022|Motion Pictures|

Cinematic Arts Professor Helms Creative Development of 360 VR Project

By Karina Valdes After great success with their last virtual reality (VR) project, the Ohio Department of Medicaid commissioned a new original 360 VR series, Medicaid Care Experience Simulation (MCarES). The series addresses health equity and cultural humility for the LGBTQ+ community, elder abuse in older adults with disabilities, and maternal infant health and intimate partner violence. Rafal Sokolowski, a recently hired assistant professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts, took the helm in creating and developing the series, working as the show runner to conceive the stories and produce scripts for [...]

2022-11-02T10:38:05-04:00November 2, 2022|Motion Pictures|

Film Professor Shares Top 5 Film Picks for a Spooky Weekend

By Christina Lane Christina Lane, professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts and associate dean of graduate studies for the School of Communication, shares her top suggestions for films to watch this Halloween. I love spooky films all year round, and especially during Halloween season. Here are my top 5 in no particular order: Halloween (1978) The 1978 “Halloween” is fantastic, beginning with its opening orange title credits and the iconic jack-o-lantern. I know that “Halloween Ends,” released this month, is receiving a lot of buzz, but it's hard to beat [...]

2022-10-31T12:01:19-04:00October 31, 2022|Motion Pictures|

‘E.T.’s Touch Leaves an Indelible Mark on its Audience

By Rene Rodriguez Rene Rodriguez, manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema and former film critic for the Miami Herald, shares his memories of the acclaimed film as it marks its 40th anniversary. Some movies change your life—literally. The first time I sat down to watch “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” when it opened in theaters in June of 1982 (the best movie summer ever), I was 15 years old. I was excited by the Steven Spielberg factor, who was already one of my favorite directors, and curious about the early reviews, which [...]

2022-08-16T16:41:51-04:00August 16, 2022|Motion Pictures|

Cosford Cinema to Premiere Docuseries Exploring Art in the World of NFTs

By Jenny Hudak The first installment in the short documentary series “What Would Fado Do with Non-Fungible Tokens” highlights artists, curators, entrepreneurs, and government officials at the forefront of the intersection of fine art and NFTs. In an emerging online landscape, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have paved new paths for artists as a means of creation and distribution. The digital opportunities are now seemingly endless. In “What Would Fado Do with Non-Fungible Tokens,” a documentary series by Miami-based artist Gabriel “GG” Gimenez, filmmakers explore the intersection of fine art and the [...]

2022-08-03T13:22:13-04:00August 3, 2022|Motion Pictures|

Entertainment Law is in the Future for this Graduate

By Barbara Gutierrez Amanda Carballo helped produce an award-winning film during her undergraduate years at the University of Miami. Now she plans to earn a law degree to represent artists in the entertainment industry. Amanda Carballo did not think she wanted to come to the University of Miami. The 22-year-old had lived all her life in Miami, and she thought that going away made the most sense. When the acceptance letter arrived, however, she could not say no. “I am so glad I did accept,” she said. “Now I look [...]

2022-05-10T11:48:57-04:00May 10, 2022|Advertising, Motion Pictures|

Cosford Cinema Invites You to Watch Movies with a Special Guest

By Amanda M. Perez A new series—Watching Movies With—aims to bring the South Florida community to the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami to spark engaging discussions about film. Nestled on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus lies a gem of a venue that is open for everyone to explore. The Bill Cosford Cinema closed during the pandemic—but it is now back and welcoming guests with an array of programming that is aimed to pique the interest of a variety of audiences. As manager of the Cosford [...]

2022-03-21T12:35:33-04:00March 21, 2022|Motion Pictures|

Remembering Trailblazing Actor and Activist Sidney Poitier

By Terri Francis As an actor, Sidney Poitier—who was born in Miami and received an honorary degree from the University in 1986—challenged the social order, according to School of Communication associate professor Terri Francis. One of the important ways we assess Bahamian American Sidney Poitier’s history in civil rights is through photographs where he is sitting with, laughing with, and whispering to noted singer, songwriter, activist, and actor Jamaican American Harry Belafonte. The joy, intimacy, and humanity distilled there shows so much of what sustained him, what he was working [...]

2022-01-13T10:58:48-05:00January 13, 2022|Motion Pictures|

School of Communication Offers a New Master of Fine Arts in Documentary

By Karina Valdes The University of Miami School of Communication is broadening its graduate degree offerings with a new Master of Fine Arts in Documentary. Housed under the Department of Cinematic Arts, the two-year, 54-credit degree program incorporates coursework from two departments; Journalism & Media Management and Cinematic Arts. This program is the first in the nation to combine journalism and film into an interdisciplinary program. “Students will find that our documentary program is quite different than most around the country,” said Christina Lane, associate dean of Graduate Studies. “We [...]

2021-12-17T08:40:02-05:00December 15, 2021|Journalism, Motion Pictures|