Love Under Siege: Julio Hernandez Cordon’s I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY (TE PROMETO ANARQUIA)

By | August 10th, 2015|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Executive Director & Director of Programming Ten years ago this very month, Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain debuted at the Venice Film Festival, breaking ground as a "gay Western" that examined a dramatic life-long sexual/romantic embroilment between two men played by A-list Hollywood actors and eventually defied conventional wisdom by grossing close to $100 [...]

Ken Loach’s Farewell Dance

By | July 23rd, 2015|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Executive Director & Director of Programming Director Ken Loach in 2006, with his Palme d'Or victory at Cannes Film Festival. It may surprise you to learn that the filmmaker who has been invited the most times in the 68 years of the Official Competition at Cannes Film Festival is not [...]

An American Epic For Troubled Times

By | June 22nd, 2015|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

By Jaie Laplante, Executive Director & Director of Programming As Miami Dade College's Miami International Film Festival alumnus Stanley Nelson (Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice in 2005; Freedom Riders in 2011) told moderator Thom Powers at a sold-out AFI DOCS audience this past weekend, when he first floated the idea of making a [...]

Albert Maysles’ Final Film Explores Iris Apfel’s Style

By | May 4th, 2015|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Albert Maysles Stepping into the vault during the Festival’s 29th edition in 2012, a retrospective screening of Islands on 16mm was held at Coral Gables Art Cinema—offering a fascinating time capsule of Miami during a time of transition. The 1986 film, by legendary documentarian filmmakers, the Maysles brothers, and editor Charlotte Zwerin, followed [...]

The Poet of Havana: Reconciling Generations

By | April 27th, 2015|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Carlos Varela, The Poet of Havana Although Cuban singer-songwriter Carlos Varela (Havana, 1963) travels the world as a cultural ambassador, he is always an Habanero, tied to his city with pride and passion. Both rocker and troubadour, Varela’s controversial songs about frustration and yearning for freedom have made him an icon to his country's [...]

MiamiFF Announces US Premiere of Jazz Age Globetrotting Drama ‘The Lost Aviator’

By | November 25th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT, INDUSTRY NEWS|

With last night's unveiling of the MiamiFF32 poster as an image from Miami's history (Orson Welles in Miami Beach 1943), MiamiFF revealed today the first title of the 2015 Festival's official selection - another shot of vintage Miami: The Lost Aviator, by Australian filmmaker Andrew Lancaster.  Against his family’s wishes, Andrew decided to open up a cold case [...]

LIFE FEELS GOOD: The Enduring Power of the Human Spirit

By | October 14th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

A true story about a young man suffering from cerebral palsy who struggles to communicate with those around him that he is an intelligent and conscious human being—and the institutional fallacies that treat mental disorders—provide the inspiration for Polish writer-director Maciej Pieprzyca’s award-winning film Life Feels Good (Chce się żyć).  Set in the late '70s and early '80s Poland, [...]

Movie-Making Lama’s New Film to Premiere at MIFFecito

By | October 9th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

writer/director Khyentse Norbu, Vara: A Blessing poster While studying in England in the 1990s, Bhutanese lama, filmmaker and writer Khyentse Norbu—considered an incarnation of a famous 19th-century Tibetan spiritual leader who goes by the ecclesiastical title His Eminence Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche—became a consultant for Bernardo’s Bertolucci’s Little Buddha (1993). Since that experience [...]

Miamian Roberto Sanchez Returns to his Neighborhood to Present ‘Lake Los Angeles’

By | October 1st, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Before becoming an actor in 2002 (cast as one of the leads in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the second installment of the Fast and Furious franchise), Havana-born, Miami-raised Roberto Sanchez was a distinguished Desert Storm war veteran (U.S. Navy) and professionally competed in European league basketball. MDC’s Tower Theater, where all MIFFecito films are being [...]

THE GOOD LIE: Hollywood Goes Beyond Entertainment

By | September 26th, 2014|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Last Tuesday night at Regal South Beach Cinemas, Miami Film Society members were treated a special preview screening [view photo gallery]—followed by an illuminating Q&A—of The Good Lie, a drama by Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar (featured at MiamiFF29 in 2012). The Good Lie sheds light on the tragic real-life experiences [...]

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