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‘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|

‘TheWrap’ Ranks UM #26 in Top 50 Film Schools List

By: Esther Animalu The University of Miami School of Communication is number 26 on TheWrap’s Top 50 Film Schools of 2021, jumping up six spots from number 32 in 2020. The rankings touted UM as one of the best schools to study cinematic arts with alumni that include Kyle Patrick Alvarez, director of Disney+’s Crater, and Billy Corben, producer/director of Netflix’s Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami. Other recognized alumni include Netflix’s Julian Malagon and Apple’s Adam Green. Competitive graduate programs, smaller class sizes, and shadowing opportunities are just some [...]

2021-12-08T13:05:20-05:00December 8, 2021|Motion Pictures|

Dynamic Film Duo Discusses their Award-Winning Project

By: Amanda M. Perez Two, first-year Master of Fine Arts film students in the School of Communication collaborated and attained valuable learning experiences from each other while working as a team to create short films. The U Creates continues a series focused on highlighting members of the University of Miami’s creative community. In this Spotlight feature, meet Maria Paula Arboleda and Julie Peley, who are both first-year Master of Fine Arts students. Together, they have produced the multi-award-winning short film, “Tacet,” about an aspiring writer who starts to have doubts [...]

2021-11-29T16:55:39-05:00November 29, 2021|Motion Pictures|

Renowned Film Critic Takes On New Role as Manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema

By Karina Valdes Award-winning film critic, Rene Rodriguez, is joining the University of Miami School of Communication as manager of the acclaimed Bill Cosford Cinema. Rodriguez comes to UM with more than 25 years of experience as a film critic with the Miami Herald. “Rene's expertise in cinema and familiarity with our local and institutional histories are critical as we re-imagine new directions and leverage the significance of this as a cultural space,” said Dean Karin Wilkins, School of Communication. Rodriguez began his new role at the beginning of November [...]

2021-11-09T16:02:43-05:00November 9, 2021|Motion Pictures, School of Communication|

The PIEoneer Awards Recognizes the Ocean Health Voyage Project

By Esther Animalu The PIEoneer Awards acknowledges success and novelty across the education industry worldwide. Every year, they hold a highly prestigious award ceremony at the historical London Guildhall, to celebrate individuals and organizations who are reshaping academic pillars and transforming learning pathways for students globally. Ali Habashi, an award-winning filmmaker and assistant professor of professional practice at the University of Miami School of Communication, attended the 2021 PIEoneer Awards in London, and submitted a project,  a few months earlier, that won the equivalent of second place. Habashi’s project is known as Ocean Health Voyage, a global online [...]

2021-10-12T10:09:43-04:00October 5, 2021|Motion Pictures|