Google Initiative on Gender and Race
Returns to Miami Dade College’s
34th Miami Film Festival

A unique partnership that began last year with Google on a new seminar series addressing gender and racial gaps in the film industry, particularly in technical cinematographic roles, is slated to continue at Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival, as Festival organizers count down to the 34th edition of the acclaimed annual event March 3 – 12, 2017.


The Google Seminar Series on Gender & Racial Gaps In Film & Tech will take place in the MDC Live Arts Lab (formerly the Prometeo Theater), located in the MDC Wolfson Campus at 300 NE 2nd Ave. Building 1 in Downtown Miami over 2 days, March 4 – 5, 2017.


kiva“Now, more than ever, we need a plurality of stories onscreen. The second edition of The Google Seminar Series on Gender and Racial Gaps In Film and Tech will feature informative talks from invigorating voices working behind and in-front of the camera. Each speaker will address issues and tactics for change in their respective fields, with the aim of preparing those in attendance to make their own moves to become the future decision makers of the film industry.​”  –Kiva Reardon, Festival Programmer

daraiha-greene-google-diversity-in-entertainment-ambassador-2“We’re ecstatic to return to the Miami Film Festival and have the opportunity to collaborate for a second year on the Google Seminar Series on Gender and Racial Gaps in Film and Tech,” said Daraiha Greene, Google Diversity in Entertainment Ambassador. “It’s critical that we harness the power of the media and film industry to showcase positive role models and encourage women and underserved groups to pursue careers in computer science.”


sarah-gadon-picturesSARAH GADON, (Actress/Director), rising star known for her eclectic roles in films such as Indignation (Based on Philip Roth’s novel), A Royal Night Out, Maps to the Stars, Belle, and Netflix’s forthcoming mini-series Alias Grace (based on the book by Margaret Atwood, directed by Mary Harron) to name a few. Gadon will draw on her experience in front of the camera with female-helmed sets, her directorial debut with TV documentary Reelside, and how she’s asserted professionally herself to build a successful career.

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TILANE JONES  (Selma) the executive director of ARRAY, an independent film distribution collaborative, that aims at disrupting the current model to change the ecosystem of the film industry and dedicated to amplifying the voices of women filmmakers and filmmakers of color around the globe. Jones will discuss how ARRAY is creating avenues for the distribution of films and what wider distribution of their stories means for reshaping societal narratives of race and gender.  ARRAY has distributed thirteen feature films since 2011 including Ava DuVernay’s award winning Middle of Nowhere, Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City, Storm Saulter’s Better Mus’ Come, Neil Drummings’ Big Words, and Haile Gerima’s Ashes and Embers.
Jones is also Manager of Production for Forward Movement.  Her film credits include: Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, This is the Life, I Will Follow, 828 Project, Selma, and the Netflix documentary The 13th. Her television credits include: BET’s Black Girls Rock, My Mic Sounds Nice, along with John Legend Interludes LiveEssence Music Festival 2010, and ESPN Films’ Venus now button


REBECCA THEODORE-VACHON (Writer/Editor/Podcaster) – Rebecca Theodore-Vachon film/tv editor at, founder of the blog Film Fatale NYC, and co-host of the “Cinema in Noir” podcast, (which discusses “all things cinema-from a black female perspective”), will be speaking about how the debacle on Twitter of #CoatSwitching showed (once again) how vital it is to have a multitude of voices and perspectives talking about film-and yet bylines are still largely dominated by men and lack racial representation. Rebecca will also speak to why criticism matters, how it can champion-and challenge-a wider range of stories, and shed light on how she’s carved such a large platform for herself in the field.

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Radhika Vaz – (Author/Writer/Comedian) and  Nadia P. Manzoor (Actor, Writer, Producer) – both creators of ‘Shugs and Fats’ – a Gotham award winning comedy web series; team up to talk about using comedy to spark difficult dialogue and overturn stereotypes.  They will walk you through their creative journey from developing two unlikely comedic characters to pitching a long form TV show on the mean streets of Hollywood. They will talk about their evolution as creators, writers, and eventually as producers, and how despite living in different continents they were able to make it work. Finally, they will discuss how their desire to spread the word of feminism was ultimately the driving force behind their comedy.

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radhika_promo_pics11RADHIKA VAZ (Author/Writer/Comedian) – Considered one of India’s most well recognized stand-up comedians whose comedy specials ‘Unladylike’ and ‘Older. Angrier. Hairier.’ have sold-out in New York, Los Angeles, Dubai and all major Indian cities; Radhika also has a bi-weekly column in Times of India, she’s a regular contributor to GQ, Vogue Architectural Digest amongst other publications, and has a book called Unladylike, A Memoir that is now available in stores and online.

nadia-p-manzoorNADIA P. MANZOOR (Actor, Writer, Producer) – This filmmaker whose autobiographical one-woman show Burq Off! has sold-out in New York, LA, San Francisco, London, Toronto, and Seoul, has delivered her Tedx Talks in Brooklyn about The Story of Identity and is a frequent guest speaker at colleges and panels that focus on comedy, feminism and women in Islam. Nadia has also appeared on major networks and publications such as CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Elle, Vogue, and more. To infuse her commitment for social activism and storytelling she founded Paprika Productions, an all-female production company that produces content to challenge the status quo and to deconstruct the male gaze.


If you purchased an Advanced Voucher, you can trade in your voucher for a ticket at one of the dates/times your preferred program is playing.  No refunds/no exchanges.

All Google programs will be between March 4-5, 2017.

Tickets cost $9 each program.
All-access Google Pass:  $30

Buy online, or call 1-844-565-6433 (MIFF).