Jean-Marc Calvet selected as Official Poster Artist of the 30th Miami International Film Festival

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For Immediate Release:
July 13, 2012
Jean-Marc Calvet selected as Official Poster Artist of the 30th Miami International Film Festival, Produced and Presented by Miami Dade College
Miami, FL — The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, has selected internationally renowned, French-born, Nicaragua-based artist Jean Marc Calvet as the poster artist for its 30th edition, which will run March 1-10, 2013.

Calvet was the subject of director Dominic Allan’s documentary Calvet, a popular hit at MIFF 2012, where it screened as part of the Knight Documentary Competition. The film recounts the painter’s journey from savvy street kid to Cannes bodyguard who abandoned his wife and son, robbed a Miami mobster, hid out in Central America and at the age of 38 overcame a gruesome drug addiction in an extraordinary metamorphosis through which he began to paint. Eight years later, Calvet’s intricate paintings now sell for five figures.

In creating the MIFF 2013 poster, which he calls “Miami Juice,” Calvet says, “This is primarily a message of hope… go out of the dark and into the light!   The central personage is filled with cinematic references: projectors, stars, cameras, red carpet, outlaws, explosions, etc. etc.  The character’s eyes are shaped like camera shutters and inside the mouth are a number of distinctive elements referencing the Miami International Film Festival of today: buildings, cine-cameras, palm trees, the sea and, of course, a ‘pretty’ blonde in the middle!”

“Jean Marc’s image perfectly captures the theme we have chosen to celebrate the wild, fascinating 30 year history of MIFF:  Every character under the sun / Todos los personajes bajo el sol,” said MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante.  “Jean Marc has captured our emotions and anticipations as we complete our third decade and look forward with excitement to our fourth.”

Jean Marc Calvet began painting at a point in his life when severe crisis metamorphosed into a form of redemption and rebirth. With no previous training, he discovered the need to paint by complete chance. Not only did it save him: it changed his life. Art is his catharsis and his evolution has been astounding. For him, it is about exorcising the insanity of his past and slapping down on canvas the dirty truth of live. He paints fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, in Nicaragua, where he is currently based.

Calvet was one of six winners of the VII Biennale of Nicaraguan Arts in 2009 selected to represent Nicaragua at the Biennale of Central America in Panama in 2010.

This past March, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned Art Gallery System, in collaboration with Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery, the Americas Collection, and the Miami International Film Festival, presented Jean Marc Calvet’s exhibition, invasion invasión l’invasion, at MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower. The well-received exhibition featured 33 large-scale paintings and an installation of miniature sculptures, marking Calvet’s first solo exhibition at the Freedom Tower.

A legitimate self-taught artist, his work and passion as an artist are marked by sophistication yet maintain the spirit of the true brute style. Calvet has exhibited his work in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including several solo shows in New York and Nicaragua. His work is held in several private collections and museums.

Details on the 2013 Miami International Film Festival program will be released in January 2013.

Jean Marc Calvet’s official poster “Miami Juice” is available at   A high-resolution file for print publications is available upon request from Tatyana Chiocchetti, or +1 305-237-7879.

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th anniversary March 1 – 10, 2013, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory.  The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Major sponsors of the 2013 Festival include Knight Foundation and Lexus. For more, visit or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the Cultura del Lobo performance series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees.
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