Spring is a time for renewal and new beginnings. As you, our readers, might already know, FIU’s Film Studies Program has been working with the Film Initiative Underground and Sigma Tau Delta on developing the first annual Panther Film Festival (PFF) — a celebration of the creativity and imagination within our Panther filmmaking community. We are excited to announce that the first Meet & Greet of the Spring semester will be held next Friday, January 26th at GC 316 from 3 to 5 PM. Stop by to meet the members of our wonderfully diverse filmmaking community as you look to round out your crews ahead of the looming application deadlines, which have been extended.
Another school year, another endless stream of papers, exams, and stresses. It’s a good thing that the Film Initiative is back with a whole new slate of events ready to bring some well-needed escapism into your life. From weekly movie screenings – starting with a screening of “Back To The Future” January 18th in GL100A at 7:00 pm – to watching newly released films in theaters to game nights. All culminating with our major event at the end of the semester, The Panther Film Festival.
January 10th marked the Monsters in the Shape of Water: An Exploration of Genre discussion panel, hosted in collaboration between the Coral Gables Art Cinema and Books & Books. Moderated by Javier Chavez, the Associate Director of the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami Herald writer Rene Rodriguez as well as directors Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes assembled at Books & Books to discuss Guillermo Del Toro’s film, The Shape of Water (2017), as well as the nuances of genre with the attending audience. Despite additional seating being brought out twice, the packed panel discussion saw additional members of the audience standing to the sides of the room to listen and engage in the conversation.
The Man Who Invented Christmas, based on the book by FIU’s own creative writing professor Les Standiford, closes its theatrical run with five matinee screenings at the Coral Gables Art Cinema this Thursday, December 28 through Monday, January 1. Come out this Friday afternoon (12/29) at 1:30 for a special screening and Q&A with Les Standiford and the film’s executive producer, Mitchell Kaplan (of Books & Books). Tickets available here.
The Twenty-First Annual Miami Jewish Film Festival, among South Florida’s premier cultural events, will run from January 11 through 25. Screening over 60 films from 20 countries in venues throughout Miami, the festival will also host numerous filmmakers and special guests, and including one event sure to interest many FIU students.
The next movie from filmmaker Guillermo Del Torro, The Shape of Water, has already generated buzz as the winner of the 74th Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Best Film, with some critics going so far as to call the film Del Torro’s best since Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). An advanced screening on December 13th has been made available to FIU students on a first come, first serve basis. There’s only a few tickets available, so get your reservations now!
Screening takes place on December 13th at AMC Aventura, with check-ins for reserved seating taking place before 7:15pm. You can reserve your seat for this screening here.
We are three events into the Panther Film Festival’s Mixers & Workshops and the turnouts, so far, have been incredible! We thank you for showing such an interest in our growing film community and hope to continue to provide you with valuable networking, workshopping, and learning opportunities in the months to come.