Motion Pictures

Hollywood Duo Entertain Questions from UM students

Following an advance screening of “Alita: Battle Angel,” film producer Jon Landau and director Robert Rodriguez engaged with UM students. University of Miami students got the chance to watch a special advance 3-D screening of “Alita: Battle Angel” at AMC in Sunset Place Monday afternoon, days before its national theatrical release.  But the real highlight came after the show.  Following the movie, world-renowned director Robert Rodriguez (“Sin City” and “Spy Kids”) and producer Jon Landau, known for producing the two largest grossing films of all time (“Titanic” and “Avatar”), held [...]

April Dobbins, M.F.A. Motion Pictures Student, Receives Recognition from Sundance Institute

April Dobbins’ documentary, Alabamaland, is certain to open thought-provoking discussion and provide important on-screen representation – and the Sundance Institute agrees. The part-time University of Miami graduate student, full-time UM Director of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships in the Office of Academic Enhancement, and UM adjunct faculty can add Sundance Institute Documentary Fund Grantee to her remarkable list of accolades. “Having all these responsibilities has taught me a great deal about time and project management,” said Dobbins. “My time at UM has taught me to pivot when necessary and the entire [...]

2019-12-17T19:21:21-05:00December 6, 2018|Motion Pictures|

SwampScapes: A Journey Through the Everglades

As South Floridians, we boast beautiful beaches and tropical temperatures, but often fail to acknowledge the sweeping beauty of the Florida Everglades. As the earth undergoes accelerated change, understanding the landscape’s function in human and ecologic survival is essential. Former Visiting Knight Chair Liz Miller, University of Miami School of Communication Associate Professor Kim Grinfeder and Miami-based filmmaker and artist Juan Carlos Zaldivar co-directed an immersive four-platform project designed to reconnect users with the importance of the swampland. Graduate and undergraduate SoC students enrolled in Miller’s and Grinfeder’s classes also [...]

2019-12-16T18:32:31-05:00November 15, 2018|Interactive Media, Motion Pictures|

Q&A with Disney Animator Jorge E. Ruiz Cano

Join Jorge E. Ruiz Cano, a character animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS), on Monday, Nov. 12 at Shoma Hall, CIB 3053, for a Q&A starting at 12:20 p.m. Ruiz Cano's credits include the studio’s first-ever VR short, Cycles, the Academy Award®-winning features Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia, in addition to Moana, the short films Feast, Frozen Fever, and Inner Workings, and the holiday featurette Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Ruiz Cano has been a part of the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts for the last five [...]

Award-Winning Director and SoC Alumnus Working on Latest Project

Farbod Ardebili, B.S.C. '18, director of the award-winning film Bats and Jokes, recently began working with Orange Umbrella, the School of Communication’s student-run consultancy, on his new project, The Fallers. Ardebili has been working closely with Orange Umbrella to help further his personal brand and message. OU has assisted Ardebili with establishing his target audience, marketing and promoting his project, as well as creating original content about his latest film. The Fallers is supported by professional film organizations such as the Sundance Film Intensive and is categorized as a Cyberpunk Noir [...]

Crafting Movie Magic

Although her position is regularly behind the scenes, University of Miami School of Communication alumna Rachel Schreibman, B.S.C. '10, is certainly one to watch.  Since settling in California, Schreibman has contributed to highly notable films. Her latest Hollywood credits include The Jungle Book, Transformers: The Last Knight and Star Trek: Beyond. As an assistant editor, Schreibman’s specialty is ensuring a fluid filming and editing process. Ultimately, this talented ‘Cane is responsible for conjuring cinematic magic. “University of Miami gave me the tools I needed to hone my craft and learn [...]

Revamped Classic Leads to Worldwide Distribution

What began as an independent film project in Greece headed by a group of UM students, alumni and faculty quickly spiraled into an internationally-recognized LGBTQ love story. With a Kiss I Die — the story of the reincarnated vampire Juliet Capulet who finds love all over again with a young woman — is now available to buy through most streaming services, cable networks and select stores.  Ed Talavera, associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, initially brought on Barbara Leibell, assistant professor of professional practice, and alumnus [...]

21st Annual Canes Film Showcase Premieres Student Films in LA

A night of glitz and glamour in Hollywood highlighted a two-day adventure on the west coast for 12 University of Miami School of Communication students studying motion pictures. On May 24, the School of Communication and the University of Miami Alumni Association held the 21st Annual Canes Film Showcase at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. There, the winning films and screenplay from the 2018 ‘Canes Film Festival held on campus at the Bill Cosford Cinema were screened for movie and television industry professionals, many of whom are distinguished [...]

2019-12-17T19:22:25-05:00June 12, 2018|Motion Pictures|

Cross Country ’Cane

California native Liat Cohen found her Miami experience to be collaborative and inspiring. A first-generation college student and the second daughter in a close-knit family, it was almost unthinkable for Liat Cohen to leave home. But “go away to college” she did—across the country, from California to Florida, finding her new home at the University of Miami. In her four years at UM, Cohen cultivated a passion for leadership, joining the executive board of three student organizations. As part of Student Government, she became the youngest member chosen from undergraduate [...]

Nine UM SoC Faculty Awarded a Creative Activity and Research Grant

Nine University of Miami School of Communication faculty were awarded a School of Communication Creative Activity and Research Grant from the Center for Communication, Culture, and Change for the 2018-2019 academic year. The grant supports research and projects that will result in clear and prominent scholarly and/or creative accomplishments that enhance the reputation of the School of Communication. Below is a brief summary of the grant recipients and their projects. Ching-Hua Chuan, research associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, received a grant for Creating Chatbots for Domain-Specific [...]