Aspiring screenwriter, Kimberly Morles, was an intern for the Film Studies Program at FIU this past summer term. With a passion for cinema and writing, she has published various articles and presented valuable input, reflected in her active participation in the Film Studies Program’s biweekly newsletter. Kimberly’s time spent as an intern allowed her to gain invaluable hands-on experience that she would to share with you, our readers and hopeful future interns.
Dr. Rhona Trauvitch is a recent and welcome addition to the faculty at FIU’s English Department. Her courses cover a vast array of topics and interests, such as Literary Tropes in Moving Images (ENG 4132) and Short Stories of Horror and the Weird (LIT 4001). She received her Ph. D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and taught there before coming to FIU.
Have you ever thought about how a film gets projected onto the screen at your favorite theaters? Meet Pablo Blanco, film projectionist for the Coral Gables Art Cinema, who shares with us the love of film stock from boyhood in Cuba working in his father’s theater and the modern film technology he works with now.
Orly Shuber, who will be teaching a course on New Hollywood Cinema (ENG 4132) in the upcoming Fall semester, was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and lived in Tel Aviv before ending up in Miami. She is a multi-faceted filmmaker who has shot and produced several documentaries on topics ranging from art, to architecture and design in collaboration with different museums such as the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Architecture + Design Museum, the Coral Gables Museum, and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami’s School of Communication before earning her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. Professor Shuber teaches production at Miami International University of Art & Design and film studies at FIU, where she generally teaches Communication in Film (COM 3417) among other special topic courses.
In Ancient Greece, audiences gathered by the thousands to share in their appreciation for the theater and to witness stories which conveyed their experiences on stage. Today, the closest anyone can come to that unified assemblage is at the movies. While the latest blockbuster film is playing at your local AMC or Cobb, Coral Gables Art Cinema focuses on films of a different kind. Through their After Hours Program, the Gables Cinema is bringing back “the best films you never saw on the big screen (or maybe you did) from late-night cult classics to foreign favorites and even summer blockbusters every Saturday at 11:45 pm,” as advertised on their website. The big draw for me involves their 35 mm and 70 mm film screenings which set them apart from other independent cinemas. From the screening of Ghostbusters in 70 mm to their screenings of Metropolis and Nosferatu played with an original, live score, Coral Gables Art Cinema is reviving the love and appreciation of film as an art form.
Dr. Glenn Hutchinson is the interim director at FIU’s Center for Excellence in Writing. He earned a Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Hutchinson teaches the peer-tutoring course, Processes of Writing (ENC 3491) at both FIU campuses and enjoys writing about service-learning and the rights of undocumented students. He also writes plays and acts, many of which have gone on to be performed at local theaters. We talk with him this week about writing, film, theater, and everything in between.
Since 2004, Dr. Frank Luca has split his time as a professor of History at FIU and Chief Librarian at The Wolfsonian. He received a Ph. D. from FIU in 2005 with a focus on Ethnohistory and Colonial Latin America. He has successfully fused his passion for both American history and film with his courses on America and Movies (AMH 3317).